Monday October 5
Orient light up Punishers twice
The Punishers were missing in action Monday night falling twice to the hands of the Orient. C.Levesque had a strong showing dominating both games notching five goals and two assists .Goals just kept piling on, and the Punishers had no answers on how to stop the bleeding. In addition to C.Levesque’s influence in the two games, E.Harnois was just as lethal setting up six goals while adding a pair himself. The Punishers had a strong supporting cast but realised that a pair of key components were necessary on this particular night. As bad as it was, these regular season games will not affect a team with that kind of winning pedigree.
(2)Punishers vs Orient(4)
(7)Orient vs Punishers(2)
Season debut a learning curve for Orebro HC
Perhaps not knowing what to expect, the Orebro HC will take a lot-from their opening games versus the Classics. Sure, it will be an up hill battle, and a steep learning curve, but that’s expected for a younger squad facing a ton of experience. The Classics are an older and deeper team and there was no doubt it all came into play in both their victories. M.Destounis and D.Gagnon handled the opening match sharing two goals apiece while M.Mavroudis shined in the second encounter potting a hat trick and an assist. The Orebro HC got their lone tally in the first period of the opening game-from J.Straub. Even though things didn’t go well, the Orebro HC have young quick players that know how to handle the ball. There challenge will come down to putting it together.
(1)Orebro HC vs The Classics(5)
(7)The Classics vs Orebro HC(0)
Back and fort action leads to consecutive shootouts, Degenerates prevail with extra points over LG HC
There were big plays, big saves and big goals. There was plenty of back and forth action and despite the amount of goals that went in, both games still needed a shootout. The see saw effect in the opening contest saw the Degenerates pull back-from a 6-3 deficit after storming out of the gate on three straight goals. Neither side got an edge in the shootout which set the stage for another entertaining contest. Similar to the first game, the Degenerates overcame a two goal deficit including a late desperate marker to once again force a shootout. This time however, a winner was declared. D.Greco and L.Folini figured out M.Griffith while J.Atch stood firm denying both attempts-from the LG HC.
(7)LG HC vs Degenerates(7) S.O
(6)Degenerates vs LG HC(4) S.O
1 Timer pull away in second game after drawing with Excalibur
With both teams equal in terms of a short bench and tying the first game 4-4, the second match was expected to be somewhat similar to the first one. However, that didn’t transpire as the 1 Timer had their own plans. Y.Bernier,P-A Surprenant and K.Certosini had the Excalibur on the ropes as all three players flashed combining for eleven points. There was no question the Excalibur hurt themselves after battling neck in neck in the earlier match. They miss managed keeping it simple by limiting mistakes while defensively appearing ineffective giving up to much time and space. Regardless the reasons, tonight’s games will easily be forgotten knowing that they had plenty of missing players.
(4)1 Timer vs Excalibur(4) S.O
(1)Excalibur vs 1 Timer(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christopher Levesque of the Orient. Although surrounded by a deep line up, C.Levesque made most of his plays count resulting in an impressive five goals and two assists.
Friday October 2
(4)The Family vs Chiefs(7)
Chiefs rally with 6 unanswered goals in come-from behind win over Family
Having to play with no changes was the Family’s undoing on Friday night. However, things only started to go sour for the Family by the third period where the Chiefs finally connected to gain control of the match. Perhaps the biggest moment occurred when E.Capalbo snapped a hard low wrist shot to beat M.Freda. That that tally came in a shorthanded situation to put the Chiefs up by two. You never want to give up an unfortunate bounce, but the Family didn’t dwell on it knowing they put up a great challenge. M.Braun and M-A Daaha each scored twice in the loss while the Chiefs got scoring contributions-from six different players.
(7)Bramabulls vs Devil Dawgz(8)
J.Constantin lights fire posting three late markers
In the latter minutes of the third period, J.Constantin did the unthinkable, netting three late goals in what was a dramatic finish for the Devil Dawgz. Putting it mildly, this was a crazy and wacky game between the two sides. Both teams were good at scoring but horrible when playing without the ball. It was one of those games that needed every single second in order to see who would pull through. Luckily enough for the Devil Dawgz, the bounces went there way. J.Constantin scored late in the first period before haunting the Bramabulls on three late markers that included the final dagger with less than five seconds remaining. Overall, just a lot of stuff going around with plenty of turning points. Definitely not a formula you want to use heading into the playoffs.
(2)Pylons vs HBHA Seniors(3) O.T
M.Pololos buries OT winner in gritty battle with Pylons
The Pylons came into Friday nights game with plenty of concern knowing that they had a 30 foot wall in front of them. They had to deal with only two changes ups while going up against an army. For most of the game however, the Pylons employed a plan that was tailor made to slow down their opponent. They nearly executed to perfection only to have an overtime goal make the difference in the final result. The HBHA did dictate much of the pace by coming out hard to fore check the Pylons. One of their problems was that O.Caillet was occupying the net for the Pylons. The net minder was simply lights out frustrating the HBHA players throughout the entire night. Eventually, they did get their break when M.Pololos found himself at the right spot to bury his chance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joseph Constantin of the Devil Dawgz. Known more for his hard work and grit, J.Constantin surprised not only his teammates but himself as well by riffling three late goals to cap off a dramatic win for the Devil Dawgz.
Thursday October 1 (Final)
Assadi Consulting Inc shut down a lethal Buckshot’s offense to capture title
The tightly contested match took more than regulation for a winner in game one, as both teams traded chances in a break-neck back- and-forth that saw outstanding goaltending and plenty of scoring opportunities at both ends of the court. When game one concluded, R.Fortin and J.Mandracchia came through in the shootouts while P.Assadi shined brilliantly denying both attempts. The Assadi Consulting Inc couldn’t have asked for a better start in the ensuing game when R.Fortin quickly got them on board. The Buckshots had more than enough time for a response but found themselves in a little trouble trying to kill off some penalty minutes. Eventually, they killed it off and regained some momentum only to see great opportunities go to waste. As much as they kept pressing for the equaliser, P.Assadi stayed strong to keep it a one goal game. There was only so much the Buckshots could have done if not for hitting the iron and missing a wide open net. It was just one of those nights between two evenly matched teams. But credit to the Assadi Consulting Inc who did nearly everything right when it counted the most. Every single player bought into playing for one another which involved all areas of the game. Defensively they were sound, offensively they connected on many plays, and perhaps most important of all, the goaltending was outstanding. P.Assadi was clearly ready for the challenge making enough difficult saves in order to keep his club confident. Overall, a great final that could have gone either way. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Pedram Assadi and the rest of the Assadi Consulting Inc for capturing the Thursday 4vs4 division.
(3)Buckshots vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5) S.O Game 1
(2)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Buckshots(0) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Assadi Consulting Inc. After collecting another shootout win in game one, P.Assadi went on to shut out a lethal offense in game two to merit the honour.
Monday September 28
Classics simply outmatched to Orient
The Classics knew if they were to have any sort of chance versus the Orient, plenty of factors were required. Starting-from their net minder, getting started on time and playing as a whole in both zones. Unfortunately, the Classics didn’t bring any of those elements suffering two lopsided losses. The Orient were clearly the superior team throughout the entire two games making the Classics chase them most of the night. The addition of M.David didn’t help matters either. After collecting six points that included a hat trick in the opening game, M.David wasn’t done yet adding four more points to make an immediate impact for the Orient. Even though it was an inter league game, the Classics had nothing to show for on this night.
(8)Orient vs The Classics(1)
(0)The Classics vs Orient(6)
Evenly matched Degenerates , 1 Timer settle for a pair of draws
If the regular season is any indication, the 1 Timer and the Degenerates are very evenly matched as both sides settled for two straight draws. It wasn’t like one side edged out the other at any point during the night. In all four combined periods that involved both games, neither team ever came out with the lead. And adding to that, the shootout also ended in a stalemate. A.Desrosiers scored twice and added a shootout marker for the Degenerates while D.Greco participate in all four goals that also included one in the shootouts. As for the 1 Timer, it was your usual suspects leading the way up front. T.Daigneault and P-A Surprenant created most of the offense combining with eight points.
(2)1 Timer vs Degenerates(2) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(4) S.O
LG HC shake slow start in split with Punishers
Eventually, urgency kicked in for the LG HC, who looked flatter than an expired open can of soda. The Punishers had the better approach, coming out ready pounding their opponent on five first period goals showing plenty of energy. P.Arkalis kick started the offense collecting three points in only four minutes. If the LG HC took any lessons heading into the second game, it clearly didn’t show as they fell quick and early conceding three tallies. However, they finally got it right and salvaged their night needing only one solid period. There is too much pride for a team that had a full roster with nothing to show for. The LG HC felt that things would eventually turn around, and that was the case in the last frame when the light switch turned on. Four different players chipped in the scoring while M.Griffith kept the Punishers in check between the pipes. And while the end result may have felt reassuring for the LG HC, some may have suggested that the Buckshots click had a major influence for the comeback.
(2)LG HC vs Punishers(6)
(3)Punishers vs LG HC(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of the Orient. Already surrounded in a deep line up, the new addition tore apart the Classics defense collecting ten points.
Friday September 25
(8)Brewers vs Templars(1)
Templars outnumbered in thumping loss to Brewers
The Brewers really took it to the Templars on Friday night, especially taking advantage of a really short bench. They rolled more than twice the Templars players and showed no signs of a drop off. The impact was substantial as of the mid way pint of the first period. After netting three quick goals, the Templars knew they couldn’t match the tempo and pace the Brewers threw at them. The offense kept pouring on late in the second frame for the Brewers when T.Fernando used a back breaking shorthanded goal. From-there, the flood gates opened wider and the Brewers ran up the score ending their night earlier than expected.
(5)HBHA Seniors vs National(1)
HBHA Seniors score early, clamp down to defeat National
The HBHA wanted to come out, get balls behind the National defense and attack-from there. Two goals had already gone in just prior to the four minute mark, and National knew they were in for a long night. Things did calm down for a very long stretch with neither side able to find the back of the net. That was until the third period hit where the HBHA Seniors widened the gap. J.Kontitsis picked up his second of the game early in the period with the help of M.Argiris’s second helper. As much as National attempted to get into the game, nothing was working for them. The HBHA Seniors barley gave time using a deeper bench to suffocate the National offense. The only bright spot for National came very late in the game when Reginald Morne spoiled E.Parent’s shutout.
(4)Bramabulls vs Chiefs(10)
Pace changes in third period, Chiefs out last Bramabulls
The final score may suggest a slugfest, but this contest was far-from it. The Chiefs only ran away with it in the third period after both sides were neck in neck trading a ton of chances. To their credit, the Bramabulls did a remarkable job rotating only one player-from their bench, unlike the Chiefs that used two fresh lines. Eventually, the game took one direction with the Chiefs out hustling the Bramabulls by the third . Six out of their ten goals came in that period alone. P.Santullo had a strong outing collecting a hat trick while S.Koulieris, D.Galloro and D.Bellitto each scored twice.
(5)The Family vs Devil Dawgz(6)
Devil Dawgz erupt in second period, Family run out of steam
Despite having both teams deal with some breakdowns, the Devil Dawgz are fine for taking the extra points. It was after all a wild match for two teams that like to defend rather than take un necessary risks. The Devil Dawgz used one really big second period on three unanswered goals in order to top the Family. Still, the Family kept hanging around and continued to pose a threat despite a shorter bench. M-A Daaha keeps proving that his club always has a chance as the power forward struck three times in the loss. The Devil Dawgz, as they always do, relied on everyone to chip in one way or another. All six of their goals came-from different players that saw J.Melo provide the most important one for the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Kontitsis of the HBHA Seniors. His two timely goals just complicated matters for National, who struggled to keep up versus a much prepared line up.
Thursday September 24 (Semi finals)
Assadi Consulting Inc make it two shootout wins in a row to advance
The Assadi Consulting Inc were two for two but the hard way in order to edge out a resilient Fatal Demons squad. After securing game one thanks to J.Mandracchia’s lone shootout marker, the Assadi Consulting Inc staged a desperate comeback where they pressed their luck once more in the breakaways. Three times they were down, and three times they managed to overcome their deficits. The Fatal Demons looked to even the series after surging on three unanswered goals only to see it slip away. And despite grabbing two more leads, six seconds was all that was left when J.Courteau buried his second in order to force the extra time. E.Chidak was far-from having an easy night as the net minder was bombarded with shots throughout the entire two games. Despite how effective he was however for the Fatal Demons, the shootouts just didn’t go his way. It doesn’t help either when a team has the luxury of sending some highly skilled talent such as D.Desmarais and J.Mandracchia. Both players came through on brilliant plays using their incredible skill set to beat Chidak while P.Assadi excelled stopping a total of five straight shootout attempts. Clearly, it wasn’t an easy night for either team as both sides came ready to play in a series that could have gone either way.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(3) S.O Game 1
(7)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Fatal Demons(5) S.O Game 2
Buckshots banish Horsemen to move on
The Buckshots resembled a refreshed team eager to play unlike the Horsemen that looked game weary. As soon as M.Destounis broke the ice, the Buckshots never looked back in this series. They secured there spot to the final on a pair of fairly easy wins. The Horsemen knew they had to keep them at bay but couldn’t contain the Buckshots forward depth chart. There offense is littered with natural snipers making it very difficult for any opponent to contain. Unless C.Stavriadis stole the show, there chances remained slim. There is only so much one player can do. Unfortunately for the Horsemen, it just wasn’t there night. K.Kavan and Y.Derohannessian scored three goals each, S.Morante had no issues dealing with the pressure in net, and the Buckshots were simply overpowering on this particular night.
(5)Buckshots vs Horsemen(2) Game 1
(2)Horsemen vs Buckshots(6) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Assadi Consulting Inc. The goaltender picked the perfect time this season in order to flash during two shootout games.
The Thursday 4vs4 division is now down to its last two teams. There are many similarities between the Buckshots and the Assadi Consulting Inc. Both teams can score, create offense-from the back end and challenge one another between the pipes. Expect a high scoring series with lots of high risk plays. One things for sure, it wont be fun for either goaltender.
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Monday September 21 (Final division 1)
Punishers bring winning pedigree, winners of 4vs4 division 1
Simply put, all Punishers knows is winning. When you go up and down their roster many things jump out at you. The Bad Guys Inc knew this and despite formulating a game plan or sort of strategy, nothing went right-from the get go. The Punishers clearly had the extra jump in their step, and ran away with game one getting goals-from six different players along with a flawless performance between the pipes by M.Melo. Even though game one was a miss match, the Punishers knew that it wouldn’t come easy in the end. The Bad Guys Inc needed short memories after a thumping and regained their focus in a much more contested battle. For one full period, this contest was up for grabs. That was until an early second period surge put the Punishers back on track. P.Arkalis scored barely 20 seconds into the frame and N.Mackeen followed up only moments later to put his club back in the drivers seat. From-there, the Punishers knew in their heads that this series was a wrap despite the amount of time left over, especially when P.Arkalis posted his second for a three goal margin. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and the Punishers for capturing the first division 4v4 title.
(1)Bad Guys Inc vs Punishers(6) Game 1
(4)Punishers vs Bad Guys Inc(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathew Melo of the Punishers. Knowing that their goaltender was determined and ready, the Punishers felt comfortable not needing to worry on him coming through in a big way.
Monday September 21 (Final division 2)
Degenerates score 2 quick goals to shift series and claim championship
What a way to turn things around. With just over a minute remaining in game one, the Degenerates trailed 2-1 and it looked like the Classics would have taken a strangle hold in the series. It took only 25 seconds for the deficit to turn into a late lead thanks to who other their than their most prolific goal scorer. S.Marricco had narrowed the gap late in the first period and ultimately decided matters with less than a minute to go. The Degenerates felt that it was only a question of time before they took control of the series. They had a much better pace winning lots of loose battles and smelled blood entering game two where they took it to their opponent. Again, it was S.Marricco filling up the net, this time claiming three more tallies en route to a 4-0 shutout victory. As much as Marricco played a significant role throughout the playoffs, the Degenerates were in sync as a collective group getting plenty of contributions-from everyone. J.Atch clearly had their backs making plenty of key stops with the help of a committed defense in front of him. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to S.Sicuso and the Degenerates for finally taking it all.
(2)The Classics vs Degenerates(3) Game 1
(4)Degenerates vs The Classics(0)Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Degenerates. What more can you say for someone who consistently has the ability to score. In their most important night of the season, S.Marricco led the way again netting five out of his teams seven goals.
Monday September 21
Rusty 1 Timer out matched vs LG HC
It really cannot be overstated how rusty the 1 Timer looked on Monday night versus the LG HC. Balls kept bouncing through them, the defense had little help and the offense struggled to connect on their plays. Things mercifully ended in a landslide of both games. The LG HC have known each other a little too long, so long that it felt like riding a bike after years without trying. Nobody missed a beat-from their end as goals came by committee. Payam Assadi did lead the way in that area striking five times in two games while N.Kokovidis had the luxury of setting up lots of talent-from the back end resulting in six assists. The LG HC, like everyone else has been out of action for a while, but tonight they showed no signs of a let down in their attempt to make a push for the playoffs.
(2)1 Timer vs LG HC(6)
(9)LG HC vs 1 Timer(2)
Orient lay the hammer on Excalibur
The Orient took out their frustration on Monday night after a disappointing outing only a week ago ,and unfortunately the Excalibur had to pay the price. They had all areas of their game dominate the Excalibur. There offense was running on all cylinders, the defense was sound and E.Paradis stopped all but one orange ball his way. It showed that everyone took accountability as the Orient look to strive for bigger and better things to come. A.Sayed sparked up some of the offense with five helpers and the captain F.Nasser led the way with a productive three goal night.
(0)Excalibur vs Orient(5)
(4)Orient vs Excalibur(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to F.Nasser of the Orient. Leading by example, the captain made sure his club was ready collecting three goals while sending a clear message that his club means business in the weeks to come.
Thursday September 17 Round 1 playoffs
Key plays enable Horsemen to get past Brewers
The Horsemen took their hopeful first step towards the next round by edging out the Brewers in two very close games. It was again their captain taking charge and in a very big way. V.Pandza was an absolute force, scoring three out of the Horsemen’s four goals while setting up M.Kardum early in the second period. The first game did however need a shootout to decide matters. In their last attempt, D.Greco came through on a hard low wrist shot to beat G.Platanitis. The Brewers may have felt a slight let down but that didn’t effect a team with that much experience. As expected, the second game was just as close with so much on the line. The Brewers had a great start and were able to carry a 4-3 lead early in the final frame .And while everything appeared to look promising, a pair of quick plays altered their path into forcing a game three. The Horsemen took advantage of a power play opportunity with S.DosSantos evening the score. Then, only two minutes later, the pendulum swung and who other than V.Pandza to break the tie and send the Brewers packing. This series was expected to be this close. Both games could have gone either way leaving only some ball luck and key plays to make the difference. Tonight, the Horsemen found a way to get it done and will now face another difficult challenge versus the division leaders Buckshot’s.
(4)Brewers vs Horsemen(5) S.O Game 1
(5)Horsemen vs Brewers(4) Game 2
Family held their own for as long as they could vs Assadi Consulting Inc
It took some time but the Assadi Consulting Inc played to their identify. They favour a more free flowing form of hockey in which open space is created and the ball moves quickly into the attacking zone. The Family did make it very difficult by committing to a disciplined man on man game. Both contests took plenty of time for the Assadi Consulting Inc to find their strive. However, once they did, the pace became slightly overwhelming for the Family. There best moments only came in the second periods of both games where they combined for six goals. Y.Gazura netted a pair to solidify a 4-1 win and N.Gilbert made a few brilliant plays in the ensuing match to close out the series. M.Freda took a different role playing in net for the Family, and did not disappoint. If not for him early on, this series would have ended in a landslide.
(4)Assadi Consulting Inc vs The Family(1) Game 1
(1)The Family vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. Looks like the Horsemen’s captain has plenty left over in the tank. As the weeks pass, V.Pandza seems to be getting better and what better time than playoff hockey. His club will now move to the semi finals thanks to his four goals and two assists.
The Thursday 4vs4 division is now down to four teams. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Buckshots vs Horsemen(4) Key factors for the Horsemen will require goaltending and a committed man on man game. If C.Stavriadis performs the way he can in net coupled with everyone buying into a hard effort, than the Buckshot’s will have their hands full. If not, look for the Buckshot’s offense to take care of business
(2)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(3) It’s a series that will rely on who wants it more. Since both sides occupy every aspect of the game, the will to battle and do all the little necessary things will come into play. Look for this one to be a dandy of a series.
Monday September 14
Division 1 Semi final
K.Kavan scores shootout winner, Punishers force game 3 to knock out Orient
K.Kavan scored in the sixth shootout attempt of game 2, and the Punishers were able to force a third and deciding game that eventually ended the Orients season. Despite dropping the opening contest, the Punishers remained positive and knew that they weren't done yet. They had a chance to regulate matters in regulation time when P.Karvouriaris buried his second with just over a minute remaining. However, it took only moments later for the very same P.Karvouriaris to take an untimely penalty. There was no doubt the Orient smelled blood and evened the score almost immediately courtesy of B.Cabral's power play goal. That late tally certainly set the stage for a coin toss situation for both teams. Unfortunately for the Orient, six of their breakaway attempts failed to penetrate M.Melo. The Punishers knew then that the door was open for a clearer path. And who better than your main pieces to get it done. C.Gingras struck first, the Punishers tightened up and M.Melo took care of the rest en route to a 2-0 victory. The Orient will look back at many moments where they could have gotten it done, and will now have to deal with the anguish knowing that they could have easily been playing in next weeks final.
(3)Orient vs Punishers(1) Game 1
(4)Punishers vs Orient(3) S.O Game 2
(0)Orient vs Punishers(2) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Melo of the Punishers. After stopping six shootout attempts to force a big game three, M.Melo delivered in an even bigger way by shutting the door completely to help send the Punishers to the final.
This semi final victory for the Punishers will have them face off versus the Bad Guys Inc in next weeks final. That final will depend on how the Bad Guys Inc apply their game plan. By now, they know who the treats are. And even though they'll identify them, its easier said than done to try and stop them.
Division 2 Semi final
Classics progress after slow start to Excalibur
As good of a start the Excalibur could have hoped for and got, this series started to slowly slip away as the games went on. The Classics eventually tilted the court in their favour in game two where they squeezed out a very close win thanks to a pair of goals by A.Zarzour. Still, everything was up for grabs and both sides knew anything could happen in only twelve minutes. But the Classics felt they had momentum swing their way after securing game two even though J.Azoulay got the Excalibur on board early on. The Classics is a balanced team that has impact players all over the line-up, great depth, and loads of experience to handle adversity. Eventually, it all paid off when G.DeMarinnis evened the score right before A.Henein tapped in a late rebound to seal the series.
(1)The Classics vs Excalibur(4) Game 1
(2)Excalibur vs The Classics(3) Game 2
(2)The Classics vs Excalibur(1) Game 3
Solid goaltending give Nature Boys and Degenerates every opportunity to take series
For how close this series was, at one point it just came down to who was going to be that late hero. Both sides traded wins in games that could have easily gone either way. With the series all tied up, game three was just a continuation of the previous matches as both sides kept it extremely close. So close that time was winding down to a dreaded shootout. That was up until D.Greco sent S.Marricco on a clear breakaway. And despite having your best goal scorer alone in front of a goaltender, P.Delli Colli was simply to good on this night to be beaten. However, some ball luck fell in the Degenerates favour and S.Marricco was able to grab is own rebound in order to feed the back of the net. That crushing marker left all but 20 seconds on the clock. There was no doubt that both netminders were stellar enabling their clubs to take the series. J.Atch was focused and steady throughout the entire three games for the Degenerates, as was P.Delli Colli for the Nature Boys leaving only one single play to make the entire difference.
(2)Degenerates vs Nature Boys(4) Game 1
(1)Nature Boys vs Degenerates(3) Game 2
(2)Degenerates vs Nature Boys(1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Degenerates. Despite having his fair share of missed chances, the natural sniper still found a way to riffle four big goals.
The second division is now down to only two teams. The Classics and the Degenerates just came off an emotional series decided at the very end. It will go without saying that goaltending will play the biggest role. Both sides will generate shots and chances even though they defend well. Look for an intense battle with lots of pride and bragging rights on the line.
Thursday September 10
Fatal Demons avoid first round acquiring one single point vs Brewers
All they needed and aimed for was to get one point in order to clinch a first round bye. The Fatal Demons felt that it wasn’t a matter of if but when. However, after dropping the first game and then falling behind 2-0 in the second match, things started to look grim for the Fatal Demons. That was up until they put their act together notching two quick goals by P.Paikopoulos and F.Benhamadi. Fifty second was all it took for the Fatal Demons to turn it around and force the game into a shootout. They didn’t do much in the end but managed to get that odd point. The Brewers on the other hand played with a different goal in mind, and that was to simply prepare for next weeks playoffs. T.Fernando led the way in the first encounter producing three points en route to a 4-2 victory. Both teams later settled for a draw after trading two goals each in the shootouts.
(4)Brewers vs Fatal Demons(2)
(4)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(4) S.O
Knights finish strong to trade wins with Horsemen
After getting outplayed for much of the first game, the Knights were able to dig deep and respond with a lot more life in the ensuing match. They went-from being shutout to bagging four goals before taking it in the shootouts. Sometimes it takes a little spark, whether it’s a big save or a timely goal. And since the Knights couldn’t get on board earlier on, M.Dupuis eventually provided that spark early in the second game to get the ball rolling. Dupuis went on to set up two teammates while P.Karigiannis came up big tying the game with less than five minutes remaining. From-there, both sides went the extra mile where the Knights had the satisfaction of edging the Horsemen in the shootouts.
(0)Knights vs Horsemen(3)
(4)Horsemen vs Knights(6) S.O
Family searching for answers after disappointing night
The Brewers remained dominant versus the Family despite playing earlier vs the Fatal Demons. Normally, teams tend to come out sluggish but that clearly wasn’t the case as they blanked the Family 4-0. A.Angelis sparked his club with two first period goals and M.Gratton was stellar stopping every ball his way. Things did open up a lot more in the second game with the Family finding their scoring touch. The problem however was on the other side of the court. Its never a good habit when you give up as many goals as the Family did, especially a week prior to the playoffs. They know that in order to succeed in the playoffs, a structured defensive game will be required. Tonight showed no indication of it, but it doesn’t mean that M.Freda wont have enough time to address it. The Family have shown their ups and downs this season, and depending on how they approach their next challenge, nobody will really know what to expect-from them.
(4)Brewers vs The Family(0)
(4)The Family vs Brewers(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. Its always a good thing when your captain sets the example at an important time during the season. V.Pandza elevated his game producing six out of a possible seven points for the Horsemen.
The Thursday night division regular season came to an end. The first two seeds with get an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
(3)Assadi Consulting Inc vs The Family(6) The Family has no choice to tighten up against a team that can score. If they can some how slow the game down and patiently wait for their chances, than an upset wont be so surprising.
(4)Brewers vs Horsemen(5) Both these teams have enough strengths to prevail. Like in most cases when two evenly matched teams meet, limiting mistakes plays a big role along with a little bit of luck. This one is a toss up.
(1) Buckshots first round bye
(2) Fatal Demons first round bye
Tuesday September 8
Late blunder cost Degenerates in loss to Nature Boys
After a very convincing win, the Degenerates couldn’t sustain a strong start in the second game. They pounced to a 3-0 lead and seemed destined for another lopsided affair until the Nature Boys finally cracked the barrier. Once A.Pittarelli got them on board, the snow ball effect was in motion. The Degenerates played into the Nature Boys hands committing enough turnovers and mental mistakes to lose a game that should have at least gone into a shootout. The last goal was an absolute blunder, one that J.Atch knew he should have had. A.Pittarelli took the chance by sending the ball towards the net, and in doing so, was able to sneak one by the net minder to complete his hat trick. Luckily enough for the Degenerates, the game didn’t have any meaning as both sides were already destined to meet up in the first round of the playoffs.
(0)Nature Boys vs Degenerates(6)
(6)Degenerates vs Nature Boys(7)
Prolific Athletes power past slumping Classics
It may be a very small sample size, but the Classics may feel like they are slumping as of late. A first place team never wants to finish off the way they did. The Classics pride themselves on playing structured sound defensive hockey but tonight they looked like a bunch of pee wees going up against a superior opponent. The Prolific Athletes simply had their way, combining for 13 goals in both games. Many players led the charge up front with N.Gilbert and Y.Gazura sharing four goals each. Even though the results went sour on this particular night, the Classics wont be too worried as they enter the playoffs. There is just to much experience to go around for a group of guys who believe in one another, and in the system they play.
(3)The Classics vs Prolific Athletes(8)
(5)Prolific Athletes vs The Classics(3)
S.Ruggiero haunts the Orient, fail to secure spot to the final
All they needed was that last win of the season. The Orient just came off a convincing 7-2 win versus the Excalibur and needed that second result in order to secure a straight pass to the final. Instead, they arguably let one single player beat them. S.Ruggiero single handily destroyed the confidence of a club that thought they had it wrapped up in the bag. And why not when you factor going up against team that was in last place of the second division. Every indictor pointed to a sure victory. That was until S.Ruggiero came to haunt the Orient. You have to ask how one player can sometimes do it on his own. However, when you have a nose for the net like Ruggiero does, these anomalies sometimes happen. The sniper was absolutely incredible riffling six out of the Excalibur’s eight goals. Four of his tallies came just shy of the eleven minute mark of the first period. And while the Orient will be hung over for a while after this defeat, the Excalibur will be riding a high as they managed to secure a playoff spot due to this victory.
(7)Orient vs Excalibur(2)
(8)Excalibur vs Orient(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Excalibur. He came through and he did it at the right time of the season. Its always nice to have an established goal scorer produce in time of need. His six goals ultimately clinched a playoff spot for the Excalibur.
Tonight concluded the regular season of both divisions in the 4vs4 Monday’s. The top division will have the Orient go up against the Punishers while the Bad Guys Inc will patiently wait in the final. This series will come down to how well the Orient will contain three major threats- from the Punishers. If they play them smart, and get the timely saves-from there net minder, a spot in the final is within reasonable reach. But that is always easier said than done. The Punishers are lethal up front and will more likely produce in a big way.
The second division will have 4 teams challenge in the semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)The Classics vs Excalibur(4) If the way you finish the regular season is any indication of what’s to come, than the Excalibur are feeling pretty good about themselves unlike the Classics that seem to lost their groove lately. But despite all that, both sides will do what is necessary once that ball drops. Both teams have experience and a couple of players on each side that can hurt you offensively. Look to smart play, discipline and the goaltending to play big roles.
(2)Degenerates vs Nature Boys(3) They just finished playing each other and they both know that they can trade plenty of chances up front. These teams need to tighten up, and get required goaltending. Limiting mistakes while being opportunist will come into play. It could come down to the wire.
Monday September 7
Orient use quick starts to secure a pair of wins over Bad Guys Inc
The playoffs are only a week away, but it feels like they’ve already started for the Orient. Dominant at the start, and disciplined throughout the entire night, the Orient dictated and controlled the games much to their liking. E.Harnois, no doubt had an influence in the first win collecting four points that included two goals. The Bad Guys Inc had some bad early reads and were forced to chase the game against a team that was opportunistic with their chances. They had a second shot at getting it right but suffered the same outcome despite a much closer score. The Orient, again jumped out in front early which enabled them to control the pace. Hadi Khanafer broke a 1-1 first period tie and the Orient simply relied on tight defense along with exceptional goaltending-from T.Chouinard.
(6)Orient vs Bad Guys Inc(2)
(1)Bad Guys Inc vs Orient(3)
M.Melo sharp in double shutout wins for Punishers
They held their own for a while, but there was only so much the Nature Boys could have done to slow down the Punishers. Eventually, the offense began lighting the lamp and M.Melo had enough of a comfortable lead to preserve his cage. J.Fidrilis picked up three goals in the second game while P.Karvouriaris was right behind his captain netting a pair. The Nature Boys did have some good looks making the ball move while generating some decent shots on net only to hit a focused net minder. They’ll have only a day to put this one behind them and focus on an opponent within there division.
(4)Punishers vs Nature Boys(0)
(0)Nature Boys vs Punishers(7)
Bad Guys Inc get slight edge over Degenerates
The Degenerates are playing like a team ready for what’s looming ahead. They just came off a hard fought battle a week ago vs the Punishers and felt up for the challenge to take on a team like the Bad Guys Inc. And after going toe to toe in what ended in a draw, both sides played to another hard fought battle only to see it decided towards the end of the game. An unfortunate penalty led to S.Archambault capitalising on the power play for the Bad Guys Inc. Despite the Degenerates attempts at evening the score, the Bad Guys Inc made sure to not give much room out there. They played it smart and tough while relying on S.Morante, who did just enough to merit the win. This was an overall good result for the two teams. The Bad Guys Inc played earlier on and had to adjust by taking on a fresher team while the Degenerates know that they can compete with anyone.
(3)Bad Guys Inc vs Degenerates(3) S.O
(2)Degenerates vs Bad Guys Inc(3)
Prolific Athletes answer back after lopsided defeat
The Prolific Athletes started fast, got a pair of quick goals-from M.Dalpe and went on to settle the score after a thumping earlier loss to the Classics. All they needed was a momentum changer and M.Dalpe along with the rest of his club provided it on five quick goals. They know the Classics defense doesn’t give much but were able to dissect it. The 5-0 lead appeared to be enough despite plenty of time left over. And as much of a comfortable cushion it was, the Classics weren’t going down that easily. Luckily enough for the Prolific Athletes, time was barely on their side as they pulled it off when Dalpe completed his hat trick in an empty cage. A.Zarzour led the charge when the Classics looked defeated by participating in four of the five goals that saw Y.Derohannessian benefit twice.
(1)Prolific Athletes vs The Classics(5)
(5)The Classics vs Prolific Athletes(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin Dalpe of the Prolific Athletes. After feeling down and out to the Classics first encounter, M.Dalpe convinced his club to fight back and take the second match courtesy of his dominant three goals and one assist performance.
Wednesday September 2
Assadi Consulting Inc surrender late goal, fall to Horsemen in shootout
The Assadi Consulting Inc thought they had it wrapped up on a late marker by J.Courteau, but a very late tally by V.Pandza set the stage for yet another shootout round between the two sides. With the earlier contest ending in a draw, this one was eventually decided when S.DosSantos beat P.Assadi in the final attempts of the breakaway competition. The Horseman found a way to bounce back and pull the rug right under the Assadi Consulting Inc’s feet. You always want to be able to shut the door when there are a few seconds left in the game. A late penalty didn’t help the situation and the Horsemen made sure to capitalise on the power play. That was there fourth of five goals with the man advantage, an area of the game that the Consulting Inc continue to struggle in.
(3)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Horsemen(3) S.O
(6)Horsemen vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5) S.O
M.Destounis keeps on finding the back of the net
With all respect to the Buckshot’s talented team , Wednesday nights 8-4 win over the Brewers was all about one player. M.Destounis, although will argue he is a better passer than a goal scorer, his recent performances will suggest otherwise. The highly skilled forward seems to be finding the net more than usual lately and in a very productive fashion. Tonight was just another day at the office for Destounis as he stole the limelight bagging five goals for the Buckshot’s. Much of his madness began as of the second period where both sides were stuck dead even at two goals apiece. The Brewers did happen to take the first game due to the Buckshots forfeiting the match because of their missing goaltender. Despite their loss in the ensuing game, M.DelGaudio had an equally impressive performance collecting all four goals.
(0)Buckshots vs Brewers(3) forfeit
(4)Brewers vs Buckshots(8)
Horsemen eventually run out of gas in gruelling double header night
The Horsemen started as well as a team playing their second mini series in the same night could have hoped for. They went into their third straight shootout dropping the encounter after failing twice on their attempts. S.Marricco was the catalyst behind the victory participating in all three goals while netting the lone shootout marker. There was no doubt that energy level would be a concern for the Horsemen as they prepared to play another difficult encounter with the Fatal Demons. If they could have managed to play in front, things could have turned out differently. Unfortunately for them, it was the captain of the Fatal Demons P.Santullo that struck first and early to set the stage for the remainder of the game. F.Benhamadi would later double the lead, and E.Chidak knew he had the game wrapped up stopping all 17 shots his way.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Horsemen(3) S.O
(0)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Horsemen. The iron man netminder had a lengthy night. After playing pick up hockey, Stavriadis was just getting warmed up playing back to back games. Three out of the four encounters went to a shootout before he allowed only two goals in the last game where his team just didn’t have the legs to get on board.
Thursday September 3
Brewers make adjustments after lopsided affair
Making the proper adjustments can be the difference between winning and losing. After the Assadi Consulting Inc handed the Brewers a convincing loss, it was the Brewers turn to even the score. However, the game didn’t have the same storyline. The Brewers played more to their identity, and in doing so, made life extremely difficult for their opponent. They managed an early goal, they never faltered their lead, and used three power play markers to get much of their scoring done. There only slight downfall came late in the game when J.Mandracchia reminded them that he wasn’t done scoring. The skilled forward buried his fourth in a shorthanded situation to force the extra time. But the Brewers did have the final say thanks to E.Bouchard’s lone shootout tally.
(5)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Brewers(1)
(6)Brewers vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5) S.O
Fatal Demons gelling with post season around the corner
The Fatal Demons finished off a productive night having no issues going toe to toe with the Knights. Apart-from a close first period, the rest belonged only to the Fatal Demons. G.DeMarinis riffled a pair of beauties to help secure the win. The second match saw the ball continue rolling the Fatal Demons way. After a strong start riding four first period goals, the Knights wanted nothing more than to see the time run out. A.Zarzour and F.Benhamadi each scored twice in the win while M.Dupuis did the lone scoring for the Knights. These results helped nearly secure an important second spot of the Fatal Demons, who will jump straight to the semi finals if they can grab one single point in their next two games.
(1)Knights vs Fatal Demons(4)
(7)Fatal Demons vs Knights(2)
Family go toe to toe with division leaders
The standings will say that the Family and the Buckshots are nowhere close to each other. And although stats and numbers are indictors of a teams strength, the Family showed that it doesn’t mean anything when they decide to turn it up. There only downfall came early on where they gave up four straight goals in only seven minutes. Normally , some teams would get demoralised and throw in the towel, but that clearly wasn’t the case for the Family. After finishing off stronger, the Family regrouped and challenged the highly skilled Buckshots in what ended in a stalemate. S.Campisi went on a torrid run bagging a hat trick after collecting two points in the earlier loss. If not for Y.Derohannessian scoring late in the shootout for the Buckshots, the Family would have split their night with the division leaders.
(3)The Family vs Buckshots(5)
(6)Buckshots vs The Family(6) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steven Campisi of the Family. Playing a team like the Buckshots isn’t an easy task, and plenty of factors are required in order to have a chance. The Family were glad to see S.Campisi give them that opportunity on a brilliant four goals and one assist performance.
Monday August 31
S.Archamabault snaps late tie, Bad Guys Inc get the job done vs Punishers
S.Archambault provided the game winning goal late in the second match, and the Bad Guys Inc were able to defeat the Punishers twice on Monday night. Both teams decided to open it up after the Bad Guys squeezed out an earlier 1-0 win. The Punishers battled to overcome a pair of deficits but never managed to play in front. All they needed was an 30 extra seconds to force a shootout, that was up until Archambault collected his third straight point for the Bad Guys Inc that put them in front for good. G.Barkley had his hands full but was definitely up for the challenge collecting a shutout while allowing only one even strength goal.
(0)Punishers vs Bad Guys Inc(1)
(4)Bad Guys Inc vs Punishers(3)
Excalibur answer the bell after thumping to Classics
Even though they took an earlier thumping to the Classics, and in large part to M.Destounis's four consecutive goals, the Excalibur managed to grind their way toward a much better effort in the second encounter. The Classics most likely didn't expect such a push back, especially how they man handled their opponent in what was an easy victory. It took all but 90 seconds and a committed effort-from the Excalibur to shift the tides in their favour. And after surging to a quick 3-0 lead, the Excalibur sent an early message that they weren't going to be pushed around. J.Azoulay scored twice while G.Lallis was very productive collecting three points.
(1)Excalibur vs The Classics(5)
(2)The Classics vs Excalibur(5)
Orient finish off with a clean score sheet vs Prolific Athletes
Y.Derohannessian scored a natural hat trick, and Y.Brunelle stopped 39 straight shots to earn a pair of shutout victories over the Prolific Athletes. The Orient used their strong defensive play while patiently relying on some timely goals. Considering that this was an inter-league match up, the Prolific Athletes put up a really good challenge making the Orient work hard for every minute. Most of the second encounter went scoreless up until Hadi Khanafer put the Orient in front. Despite being on the losing end of both games, F.Vigliotti gave the Prolific Athletes every chance possible to steal a win or two. The net minder was stellar stopping 42 of 44 shots.
(3)Orient vs Prolific Athletes(0)
(0)Prolific Athletes vs Orient(1)
Excalibur avoid going empty handed on their lone tally
J.Atch made a few early saves, and the Degenerates fed of it scoring six straight times to grab a good start to their night. Everything went right in that opening game for the Degenerates, who had the ball for long stretches while getting balanced scoring from-their forwards and defence. The win felt convincing enough that the second match was to be expected for a positive result as well, especially with the Excalibur playing their fourth game of the night. However, that wasn't the case as both sides went the whole distance before settling for a draw. The Excalibur trailed 1-0 before G.Varrichionne took advantage of a rebound that finally beat J.Atch.
(0)Excalibur vs Degenerates(6)
(2)Degenerates vs Excalibur(2) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of the Orient. His natural hat trick helped propel and set the stage for the Orient's two victories over the Prolific Athletes.
Tuesday September 1
James Tutino fitting right in for the Nature Boys
Just when the Prolific Athletes thought they had seized control surging back with three straight goals -from a 4-0 deficit, one bad sequence had them chasing again. They really felt momentum was finally on their side after dropping the earlier match 3-1. Unfortunately, a tough break later in the second encounter kept them behind the eight ball with time running out. Perhaps their biggest issue was the play of James Tutino, who was absolutely brilliant for the Nature Boys. The new addition wasted nobody’s time that he definitely fits in for the Nature Boys. Tutino had an incredible night collecting a total of five goals and an assist in both games.
(1)Prolific Athletes vs Nature Boys(3)
(6)Nature Boys vs Prolific Athletes(4)
Degenerates use maximum effort in split with Punishers
Excitement over took the Degenerates bench after defeating the highly favourite Punishers. It was clear-from the get go that the Degenerates wanted to prove that they can face the challenge and keep up with a superior opponent. The two games were extremely close with the first one favouring the Punishers towards the very late instances of the game when C.Gingras broke a 3-3 tie. The loss may have come as a heartbreaker, but the Degenerates felt they played well enough to duplicate their efforts. And that’s exactly what happened up until the ten minute mark after surging on four straight goals. Then, in the short span of 90 seconds, the Punishers flipped the switch and brought their opponent down to earth with a heavy response riding three consecutive goals. Both sides still had a period to go through before anything was decided. And even though the Degenerates let their momentum slip away, they still grinded out a solid period that saw both sides trade only one goal. That was just enough for them to edge out the Punishers thanks to A.Lanni’s winner, and C.Muccino’s brilliant performance between the pipes.
(4)Punishers vs Degenerates(3)
(5)Degenerates vs Punishers(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to James Tutino of the Nature Boys. In only his first night of the season, Tutino was able to spark his club to a pair of victories on a dominant five goals and one assist performance.
Thursday August 27
Assadi Consulting Inc down Horsemen with late power play goal
Defenseman C.Desmarais responded for the Assadi Consulting Inc in the late stages of the second encounter, picking up a rebound that snapped a 3-3 tie and ultimately stuck for the winner. The Horsemen knew they had they had a tall order ahead of them after dropping the earlier contest. They fought back to even the score but needed a few better moments in order to split their night. Overall, the Assadi Consulting Inc dictated much of the pace and generated enough chances to break C.Stavriadis. J.Mandracchia set up four straight markers in the close 4-3 win, and Y.Gazura nodded a pair of tallies in the opening match en route to a 4-2 decision.
(2)Horsemen vs Assadi Consulting Inc(4)
(4)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Horsemen(2)
Knights and Family held to a pair of draws
By responding twice, the Family were able to go the distance with the Knights with neither side prevailing in the shootouts. Both teams felt they needed to shift gears before clashing for a second time. However, and perhaps as expected, much of the second game resembled the first one. The Family did have the slight edge carrying a 3-2 lead only to see it answered when G.Varrecchione riffled his second to even the score. Once again, familiar territory lurked for the two clubs as another shootout competition was left to determine a potential winner. And for a second time in as many games, it appeared that neither team was able to edge out the other. Even though both games resulted in a tie, the two teams would meet up again on this very night with the opportunity to declare a winner.
(3)The Family vs Knights(3) S.O
(4)Knights vs The Family(4) S.O
Assadi Consulting Inc return favour to Fatal Demons to split night
With the first game being as close as it was, the second one was no different but with a different outcome. E.Chidak stopped 27 shots, and P.Paikopoulos bagged a power play winner to give the Fatal Demons the upper hand in a heated battle. The Assadi Consulting Inc knew they needed everyone in order to seize the narrative, set the pace and come out with a better result. They managed to break through a suffocating defense while applying the same method towards the Fatal Demons. This time however, the Assadi Consultuing Inc played with the lead on two occasions and managed to kill off a late power play thanks to their net minder P.Assadi. N.Gilbert collected two points that included the winner and Assadi made 21 stops to help collect 9 out of a possible 12 points of a double header night.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(1)
(2)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Fatal Demons(1)
Family figure it out during break, Knights fall on short end of stick
Stuck having to grind out a pair of battles against a familiar opponent, the Family increased their sense of urgency heading into this one. It was no where close to the level of the previous two encounters. The Family simply showed up while the Knights looked like they haven’t played in months. It always helps when your top guns come to play. M-A Daaha couldn’t be denied on three occasions while M.Sasso took care of the balance netting a pair. While the Knights certainly looked out of sorts after such a defeat, the second match saw them back to playing normal. They came out better prepared and found their scoring touch riding three first period goals. The only problem was that they had to attempt their fate once more in a shootout. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way to figure it out. M.Laroche was instrumental sparking two markers and a shootout marker for the Family while M-A Daaha had the last say giving his club the slight edge on the last shootout goal.
(5)The Family vs Knights(1)
(4)Knights vs The Family(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M-A Daaha of the Family. The forward recorded seven points, two shootout goals and was arguably the main reason why the Family got the better of the Knights.
Monday August 24
K.Kavan responds for Punishers after Y.Derohannessian hat trick propels Orient in opener
On the strength of three goals and an assist, Y.Derohannessian was a man on a mission helping the Orient take a 4-2 decision over the Punishers. Derohannessian performed impressive stick wizardry overwhelming the Punishers defense and goaltender. It was only the first of two games for the Orient, who knew that the second encounter would come as a tall order versus a team that doesn’t like to lose often. And as perhaps expected, the Punishers fine tuned their game and came out with more punch soaring out of the gate on four goals in eleven minutes. This time, it was Y.Derohannessian’s fierce rival that took the reign and matters into his own hands for the Punishers. K.Kavan put together an impressive performance collecting four goals and an assist, and the Punishers needed each one of his big plays in order to re pay the price after an earlier loss.
(2)Punishers vs Orient(4)
(3)Orient vs Punishers(6)
Degenerates slow start sinks them in both games vs Classics
The Classics and Degenerates are no strangers to one another, and are two teams that don’t like going empty handed. Unfortunately for the Degenerates, some poor playing early on and some missed opportunities in the second encounter led to a pair of losses. The Classics was largely in control early on resulting in five unanswered goals. Even though there was a period remaining, the Degenerates were only focusing on a better response knowing they had another chance to bounce back and even the score. To there credit, the second encounter had a much different story line as they managed to jump in front and keep the Classics off the score sheet for most of the game. That was up until A.Heinen finally got his club on board that was shortly followed by a knock out blow-from G.DeMarinis. All it took was two minutes for a lead to turn into a deficit for the Degenerates, who felt they let this one slip out of their hands.
(2)Degenerates vs The Classics(8)
(3)The Classics vs Degenerates(2)
Nature Boys held their own despite dropping a pair to Bad Guys Inc
They may have come empty handed, but the Nature Boys saw some glimmers of hope versus a team -from the higher division. They showed plenty of effort and urgency and played well enough to make the Bad Guys Inc work for every inch. J.Cardinal was vital for the Bad Guys first victory stringing back to back goals for a 3-1 lead. Much of the second game saw some back and forth action with neither side getting an edge. However, that all changed by the mid way point of the second period when P.Jacques decided to take over on three consecutive goals in a very short span. His natural hat trick helped snap a 3-3 tie and secure the Bad Guys Inc second win of the night. M.Dubicki was very productive in both games finishing his night with six points.
(5)Bad Guys Inc vs Nature Boys(2)
(4)Nature Boys vs Bad Guys Inc(7)
Excalibur salvage their night thanks to S.Ruggiero’s late tally
The Excalibur will look back at one single play that may have helped them sleep a little better on Monday night. That moment only occurred very late into the second encounter when S.Ruggiero broke a 2-2 tie with less than a minute remaining. Because prior to that moment, the Prolific Athletes had their counter parts exactly where they wanted them. They had just come off a dominant second period of the first match where they strung four unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 victory. R.Rayappu nodded a pair while M.Dalpe had a solid outing setting up three goals. Granted, the second game was up for grabs but the Prolific Athletes felt they deserved better after finishing very strong in the earlier contest.
(2)Excalibur vs Prolific Athletes(5)
(2)Prolific Athletes vs Excalibur(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Dubicki of the Bad Guys Inc.From the drop of the ball, M.Dubicki was a force throughout the entire two games making every play count that resulted in six points.
Thursday August 20
Buckshots explode twice in second period to down Brewers
Its safe to say, the Buckshots have plenty of fire power to go around. There top guns showed once more what they are capable of by dismantling the Brewers twice by the second period of both games. M.Destounis, K.Kavan, Y.Derohanessian and N.Kokovidis combined for a ton of points having to play plenty of minutes on a short bench. In a first period that saw both sides measuring up to each other ,the Brewers just didn’t have that extra gear as the game went on. A.Lanni and his club will need to put this one behind them on a night that just didn’t go there way.
(1)Brewers vs Buckshots(6)
(7)Buckshots vs Brewers(2)
Assadi Consulting Inc get wake up call entering second game with Knights
It wasn’t their most convincing win, but credit to the Knights for bringing it till the very end. The Assadi Consulting Inc had to work every inch of their way in order to top the Knights in their mini series opener. Thanks to J.Courteau bagging his second, the Assadi Consulting Inc finally had some breathing room with their first lead of the game. It was clear-from that point on that they didn’t take the ensuing game for granted. That message was sent early on as they surged with three straight goals to take immediate control of the match. Every single player bought into being better early on and relentless which halted any sort of threat-from the Knights. The Assadi Consulting Inc got balanced offense with nobody scoring more than once in their 6-1 rout. N.Gilbert did lead the way collecting four points.
(5)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Knights(3)
(1)Knights vs Assadi Consulting Inc(6)
Horsemen hoping to capitalise on Buckshots double header goes sour
The Horsemen took on what should have been a weary Buckshots team that just finished playing an hour ago. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to take advantage of legs that may have felt a little more heavier than usual. Although it was far-from being an easy win, the Buckshots found a way to secure a tight battle. The difference maker can be argued that it came from M.Destounis’s blade. The clever forward broke a 1-1 second period tie on the Horsemen’s very own power play with just over three minutes remaining. Then, just when it would have been thought that the Horsemen may have bounced back, there was no comparison. It just doesn’t explain how the Buckshots man handled their opponent on nine markers. At one point, the goals just kept coming, and the Horsemen couldn’t wait for their night to end.
(2)Horsemen vs Buckshots(4)
(9)Buckshots vs Horsemen(3)
Fatal Demons cruise to a pair of wins over Family
The game started pretty tight which suggested for a close encounter between the Fatal Demons and the Family. Eventually, that all shifted in a span of about four minutes. The Fatal Demons found their stride and made way with their chances sparking four quick goals to secure a 5-2 victory. A.Zarzour began the madness scoring twice while adding an assist during that time. In hopes of regaining their composure heading into the second match, the Family just couldn’t compete with a more determined group. The Fatal Demons were utterly dominant taking care of every aspect of there game. With scoring not being an issue, the defence was sound and the goaltending-from E.Chidak was exceptional as the net minder stopped all 17 shots his way.
(5)Fatal Demons vs The Family(2)
(0)The Family vs Fatal Demons(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Buckshots. It goes without saying that the Buckshots have there fair share of weapons, but M.Destounis was elite on this particular night. The highly skilled forward collected eleven points with most of them during timely situations of a double header night.
Monday August 17
Classics roll over Nature Boys
The Classics took no time in this one, with two very early goals scored by F.Casacalenda and K.Araujo. From there, the tone was set for what was to come for the entire two games. At no point did the Nature Boys have the compete level to stay within reach of the Classics. They managed only one goal and were never really in both games. The Classics just kept attacking offensively while P.Assadi did more than his fair share allowing a power play marker throughout the entire night. M.Destounis led the charge in both games collecting five points that included three goals.
(3)The Classics vs Nature Boys(1)
(0)Nature Boys vs The Classics(5)
Degenerates ride power play downing Prolific Athletes in second encounter
Unable to settle the score in the opening match, the Degenerates caught there break and made the Prolific Athletes pay after an unfortunate major penalty. Both games were extremely close up until that point. Then, in the span of less than five minutes, the Degenerates exploded with four power play goals en route to an easy victory. Ultimately, that sequence proved to be the difference maker after both teams came off a 1-1 draw. A.Lanni’s instinct to be at the right place and at the right time paid off for the pesky forward striking three times in the second match. D.Charbonneau and J.Melo produced plenty -from the back end as both d-men combined for seven points. The Prolific Athletes added some key pieces in Monday nights line up, and if given enough time to play together, things can turn for the better. M.Dalpe was one example as the new addition contributed in all four goals.
(1)Degenerates vs Prolific Athletes(1) S.O
(3)Prolific Athletes vs Degenerates(8)
Much better effort falls short for the Bad Guys Inc
The Bad Guys Inc got off to a slow start against the Punishers and struggled to match their energy in the opening contest . They gave up four goals and had nothing going offensively with M.Melo stealing the show on a 19 save shutout. After the game came to a close, the Bad Guys Inc were able to string together a better overall performance. However, they weren’t able to reach the finish line first dropping a much closer contest with the Punishers. C.Gingras delivered as he often does scoring twice in the earlier game while adding three more points in the ensuing match. The Bad Guys Inc never had the luxury of playing in front despite keeping the second game extremely close. A.Lepore gave his club their best chance to split the night by collecting three points.
(0)Bad Guys Inc vs Punishers(4)
(5)Punishers vs Bad Guys Inc(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There is no doubt he was a big part of why the Punishers took two games versus the Bad Guys Inc. After knotting a pair of goals in the first match, C.Gingras continued to ignite the offense collecting three more points.
Wednesday August 12
Horsemen edge Assadi Consulting Inc. in shootout after goalie battle
Locked in what was a very close battle, the Horseman and the Assadi consulting Inc saw both their games come down to the wire. The two evenly matched teams felt there wasn’t much room out there with nobody in particular really taking over the match except for the goaltenders. Only one goal was conceded-from the two net minders in the opening match, with C.Stavriadis edging out his counter part P.Assadi in the shootout making that one extra save. The win was decided thanks to S.DosSantos’s lone shootout marker. The second game had a different story line as both sides found their offensive stride only to be decided in a dreaded shootout once again. However, the Horsemen will look at it differently as they dictated a strong first period and an early second period where they surged on three straight goals. It appeared that they had everything under control until a late desperate attempt-from the Assadi Consulting Inc suggested otherwise. After pulling themselves within one, and by pulling out their goaltender for the extra attacker, K.Tsoukalas completed a three goal comeback with less than a minute remaining. Again, both sides went into familiar territory sending three players aside to try and get an edge. Unfortunately, none of the combined six players were able to solve the net minders. T.Karasek made an immediate impact for the Horsemen collecting four points in which three came on the power play.
(2)Horsemen vs Assadi Consulting Inc(1) S.O
(3)Assadi Consulting Inc. vs Horsemen(3) S.O
Horsemen storm back after dropping opener in shootout to Family
Resilience has been one of the Horsemen’s trademarks this season, and it was on display again on a double header night with the Family. Although they didn’t get the result they wanted in the first game losing in a shootout, the second match was where they proved that they’ll never go down without a battle. It didn’t even matter that they played there eight period in only three hours. Somehow, they had the energy to generate six goals with four coming in the final period alone. M.Kardum set up two tallies before capping it off on two straight markers. The Family had the opportunity to bank three clean points in the opening contest if not for D.Greco capitalising late on the power play. Despite the late meltdown, M.Laroche did have the final say for the Family as the only player to score in the shootouts.
(2)Horsemen vs The Family(3) S.O
(1)The Family vs Horsemen(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Horsemen. There was no doubt his season debut played a major role for the Horsemen’s double header night. In four games, Karasek accumulated six points and was a menace every time he got on the playing field.
Thursday August 13
Knights struggles continue dropping a pair to the Family
S.Sauk has to believe that adversity can be a good thing. His team is dealing with plenty of it at the moment. The Knights has sprung a massive leak defensively surrendering way too many goals to the Family on Thursday night. They have time to get things right before the games really start to count but there will less and less room for error if things continue this way. On the flip side, the Family seem to be heading into a different direction. After blanking there opponent in the opening match, the Family took off crushing the Knights for a second straight game. They managed to score an impressive eleven goals that saw M-A Daaha, M.Brown, B.Sansotta and M.Ciminelli each score twice.
(0)Knights vs The Family(4)
(7)The Family vs Knights(3)
Fatal Demons fired up in second encounter after narrow loss to Brewers
The Fatal Demons got back playing to their strengths after dropping a close encounter with the Brewers. They limited their turnovers and rediscovered their scoring touch pouncing on the Brewers with six first period goals. S.Marricco had two goals and two assists during that time, and E.Chidak was sound in net enabling the Fatal Demons to play confidently in front of him. For how bad things ended for the Brewers, they’ll be glad that they took three points in the earlier victory. T.Fernando was vital for the result posting back to back tallies in a very short span that included the winner. Despite the loss in the ensuing match, A.Papazian and A.Lanni clicked well all game long as the two players combined for five points.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(3)
(3)Brewers vs Fatal Demons(7)
Buckshots edge out Assadi Consulting Inc after back and forth action
Though tempted throughout a back and forth affair on Thursday night, the Buckshots refused to let their head to head with the Assadi Consulting Inc slip out of their grasp taking four out of a possible six points in the standings. Both teams had their stretches causing plenty of fits for either defences and especially the goaltenders. The Buckshots got two very good starts in both games which led to a victory in the opening match and a draw in the second game where they surrendered a pair of late goals. Leading the charge up front in the first game saw Y.Derohannessian bury three goals while M.Destounis chipped in with a pair. Destounis wasn’t done there as the skilled forward struck three more times while adding an assist in the 4-4 draw. Looking back, the Buckshots felt they deserved better after being disallowed a highlight reel goal-from Derohannessian, and the fact that they gave up their lead with only 7 seconds remaining in the game.
(4)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Buckshots(6)
(6)Buckshots vs Assadi Consulting Inc(6) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Buckshots. After trading an abundance of scoring chances with the Assadi Consulting Inc, M.Destounis was the most productive collecting five goals and an assist.
Monday August 10
48 minute effort propels Degenerates past Excalibur
On a nightly basis, teams are in search of a full out effort. When you get one, your chances of victories increase. The Degenerates put forth a complete 48 minute effort on Monday night earning a pair of easy wins over the Excalibur. The goal scoring was all nice, but it was the two way game that shined. By making defense a priority ,the chances came and they came often. S.Marricco, as expected got his name on the score sheet contributing with fours goals and six assists. Many other players delivered as well including D.Charbonneau ,G.Santacroce, A.Lanni and A.Desrosiers as each player scored two goals a piece.
(7)Degenerates vs Excalibur(0)
(2)Excalibur vs Degenerates(6)
Orient recover after meltdown to Bad Guys Inc
It was clear that the Orient learned their lesson after surrendering what should have been a locked victory over the Bad Guys Inc. There is almost no excuse for blowing a 4-1 lead with less than a period remaining. But as its often happened before, these phenomena’s keep occurring every once and a while. The Bad Guys Inc went all out and stunned the Orient when S.Archambault put the final nail with only seven seconds left on the clock. Luckily enough for the Orient, they had a second shot at recovering- from their blunder. In almost an identical circumstance, the Orient took a 2-0 lead but weren’t able to maintain it as the Bad Guys responded with two quick goals. This time however, the Orient made sure to not fall behind and eventually regained control of the match thanks to a power play goal-from M.Morin. The Bad Guys Inc still had plenty of time to even the score but eventually ran out of race track when Ahmad Khanafer and Hadi Khanafer fed an empty cage to seal the victory.
(5)Bad Guys Inc vs Orient(4)
(5)Orient vs Bad Guys Inc(2)
Nature Boys pull away in second match after drawing even with Prolific Athletes
Unhappy with the way things ended, the Nature Boys weren’t messing around in the second match. The game was barely seven minutes old when A.Olewinski, T.Oliveira and A.Pitarelli scored to make the game 3-0.Things did calm down-from that point on which only forced the Prolific Athletes to try and bounce back. Unfortunately, nothing was working as the offense remained dry throughout the entire game. P.Delli Colli had his fair share of shots against him but never flinched recording a 25 save shutout. Prior to the first contest, both teams settled for a 3-3 draw. If not for A.Pitarelli striking fairly late in the game, the Nature Boys would have settled for a loss instead of capturing the extra point.
(3)Nature Boys vs Prolific Athletes(3) S.O
(0)Prolific Athletes vs Nature Boys(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Degenerates. In what was another productive night, the power forward finished it with an impressive ten points.
Thursday August 6
Strong starts lift Assadi Consulting Inc past Knights
It was an all around effort as the Assadi Consulting Inc downed the Knights 5-3 and 5-2. J.Courteau led the way netting four goals and an assist while R.Fortin contributed with three goals and a helper as well. The defensive side of things was good enough for both victories with P.Assadi stopping 41 of 46 shots. The Knights did work a particular area of there game perfectly, and that was their power play. Four out of their five goals all came with the man advantage. Leading the way up front for the Knights was M.Bchuti, who struck three times and A.Desrosiers along with A.Fonrose as both players combined for seven points. Despite dropping both games, the Knights made the Assadi Consulting work hard for there victories. S.Sauk went down early due to an injury which forced the Knights to use one of there better players in M.Dupuis to dress up and take the goaltending position.
(5)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Knights(3)
(2)Knights vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5)
Final period dooms Family in loss to Brewers
Those good feelings the Family created in the first three of four periods vanished in the final push of the game where the Brewers surged with three big goals. Prior to that moment, the Family went the distance in the opening match only to lose the extra point in a shootout. Unfortunately for the Family, the wheels on the bus fell off in the final frame and the Brewers surged on three goals. E.Bouchard made it 3-0 before adding a late marker to clinch the victory. The Family did a good job keeping most of the two games close and will look to keep battling as they often do in the weeks to come. G.Platanitis had a solid outing for the Brewers in net allowing only a goal per game while denying three straight shootout attempts.
(2)Brewers vs The Family(1) S.O
(1)The Family vs Brewers(4)
Two shorthanded goals help Buckshots top Fatal Demons
Already they are lethal on the power play and very dangerous at even strength, but now add the fact that the Buckshots can burn you with a man down. The Fatal Demons just came off a wild second period run to even the score in the first encounter only to see a terrible power play kill them in the ensuing match. Within only three minutes, E.Mavroudis and S.Athanasopoulos demoralized their opponent by burying a shorty. Granted, the game was 1-0 for the Buckshots before that moment but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that the Fatal Demons should have potentially evened the score rather than falling behind. S.Morante was able to quickly rebound after a difficult finish in the first game by responding with a 31 save shutout.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Buckshots(5) S.O
(3)Buckshots vs Fatal Demons(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Assadi Consulting In. The power forward was running on all cylinders using his wicked slap shot along with his strength to battle in front of the opposing net to pot in rebounds. Courteau had an impressive four goals along with an assist to merit the honour.
Monday August 3
Nature Boys scoring in quick succession
The Nature Boys offense handily beat down the Excalibur 5-1 and 6-4, in part due to big performances by T.Oliveira, S.Von Schweinitz and A.Larrive. After the Nature Boys turned up the pressure all the way in an easy first encounter, the Excalibur did not go quietly despite dropping the contest. Both teams were neck in neck for most of the match, until a late surge of goals tilted the game in the Nature Boys favour. T.Oliveira delivered the massive blow netting his third and fourth goals of the night only 25 seconds apart that ultimately put a stamp to the night. The Nature Boys look like a complete different team with P.Delli Colli adding some new additions. As for the Excalibur, S.Ruggiero is so far there one constant as the sniper collected five total points that included a hat trick.
(1)Excalibur vs Nature Boys(5)
(6)Nature Boys vs Excalibur(4)
P.Karvouriaris destroys Orient with 8 goals
The goals came so quickly and so often-from P.Karvouriaris that it was hard to keep track of them. In four stunning periods for the Punishers, Karvouriaris had scored a hat trick in the opener and an astonishing five more by the time the Punishers put the night way on a pair of victories over the Orient. As remarkable as that was, if there is one player than can achieve such a feat, Karvouriaris is that player. And yes, it does help when you have the right supporting cast feeding you. C.Gingars and K.Kavan combined for eleven points with nearly all of them contributing to Karvouriaris’s incredible onslaught. Normally, the Orient know how to play a solid man on man game and have the ability to neutralise threats-from their opposition. Unfortunately, they didn’t get the memo on this one particular player who single handily did them in.
(1)Orient vs Punishers(3)
(7)Punishers vs Orient(5)
Classics over match Prolific Athletes on depth
The popular view of the Classics is that they are a deep team with a ton of experience. However, that cant be said for the Prolific Athletes riding with less players. So by comparison, it was perhaps expected that both games went in the favour of the Classics. G.DeMarinis keeps proving that finding the back of the net has become a normal occurrence for the sharp shooter. His four goals and three assists led all players. The Classics got contributions-from much of their roster including a four goal performance by Y.Derohanessian and M.Destounis. Overall, a standard night for a well structured team. The Prolific Athletes never had the luxury to play in front and were stuck unfortunately chasing the game which made matters only worse for the younger squad.
(6)The Classics vs Prolific Athletes(2)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs The Classics(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Punishers. The Punishers forward was phenomenal hitting the target eight times to help lead his club to a pair of wins over the Orient.
Thursday July 30
T.Fernando hat trick solidifies two straight wins for the Brewers
The Horsemen started brightly owning the opening frame up 2-1 but never seemed to recover-from that point on as the Brewers took over winning three straight periods. When T.Fernando is the best player on the court, the Brewers will often win. He propped up a sputtering offense by scoring once in the first match while securing the second win with all three goals. A.Lanni shuffled his lines to create a spark and the Brewers were able to deliver getting the best of a team that didn’t expect back to back losses. The Horsemen struggled to break G.Platanitis, and a committed defensive unit in front of him. If the Brewers were looked upon to step up their collective defensive game, than they did not disappoint. Overall, a solid night for the veteran side, who look promising early in the season.
(4)Brewers vs Horsemen(2)
(1)Horsemen vs Brewers(3)
Fatal Demons adjust after S.Ruggiero steals the show for the Knights
Sometimes, it takes a game to adjust and formulate the right game plan. The Fatal Demons learned there lesson heading into the second game after being beat by one single player in the goal scoring department. S.Ruggiero is clearly one of the better goal scorers out there and its almost inevitable that a specific game plan is required in order to slow him down . After netting three consecutive goals en route to a 4-2 win, the Knights were faced with a different challenge ahead of them. This time, the Fatal Demons focused more at hand to work collectively and didn’t lose sleep at the fact that Ruggiero was still a threat. They grabbed a late first period lead and widened the margin by three when N.Katsifolis and A.Zarzour tallied by the five minute mark of the final frame. The game looked to be wrapped up by then, but that notion tilted with the Knights responding on two straight markers. Luckily enough for the Fatal Demons, time wasn’t a luxury that the Knights had as they simply bled the clock.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Knights(4)
(2)Knights vs Fatal Demons(3)
Buckshots high powered offense is no joke
In order to slow down the Buckshots, teams need to figure out how to corral a high octane offense. Unfortunately, there was no such luck for the Family on Thursday night, who couldn’t keep pace with their opponent. Despite grabbing the lead in both games, and despite battling as hard as they did, the Family found themselves chasing the ball rather than possessing it. The Buckshots are lethal by relying on many players rather than a specific threat or two. Out of their eight players dressed, seven were able to find the back of the net. And what makes it even more remarkable, was that the only player who didn’t score was perhaps there most natural sniper. M.Mavroudis will be scratching his head knowing that every single player but him was able to find the back of the net.
(6)Buckshots vs The Family(2)
(3)The Family vs Buckshots(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Teron Fernando of the Brewers. The Brewers forward was dynamic and a major reason why his club celebrated two straight wins over the Horsemen netting four goals.
Monday July 27
T.Chouinard and M.Jobin lights out in goaltending duel
The Smooth Sailors poured in 26 shots in the opening game, but T.Chouinard and the Orient held on for a 1-0 nail biting win. The lone tally came very late when A.Fahra finally solved M.Jobin. Despite their continued pressure, the Smooth Sailors knew it was only a question of time before they would get on board. Finally, that was the case in the ensuing match with the help of a pair of power play goals and an early even strength maker by M.Testolina. The Orient managed to equalise in the opening frame thanks to Y.Derohannessian but eventually fell behind giving up two straight power play goals. M.Cerone scored with less than two minutes for the winner right before F.Nasser pulled his club within one only to run out of time.
(0)Smooth Sailors vs Orient(1)
(2)Orient vs Smooth Sailors(3)
Classics & Excalibur go to the wire in split
Both teams had to endure four straight periods of uncertain hockey that was ultimately decided in its final moments. The Excalibur took the first one in the shootout with M.Dupuis and S.Ruggiero getting the better of P.Assadi. The second match didn’t reach the shootout as two remaining seconds decided matters when G.DeMarinis celebrated just prior to the buzzer ringing. The Classics had to overcome a 4-2 second period deficit in order to split the night with the Excalibur. A.Henein and G.DeMarinis provided much of the offense as both players scored twice. Looking back, the Excalibur felt they deserved better if they could have played out the clock for only a few seconds in both games.
(3)The Classics vs Excalibur(4) S.O
(4)Excalibur vs The Classics(5)
Bad Guys Inc. hit pothole in final frame
For three straight periods, the Bad Guys Inc established their pace and did pretty much what they wanted versus the Punishers. P.Spadafora scored twice and P.Jacques provided three points for a convincing 4-1 win. Then, S.Lachapelle took over the reigns netting a pair of markers and the Punishers still didn’t have an answer on how to slow down their opponent. That was up until the final period and in the short span of only five and a half minutes. The Punishers finally turned it on with M.Arkalis involved in three big plays that saw his captain J.Fidrilis capitalise twice. Despite how in consistent they were on this night, games as such prove that you cant handle the Punishers for its entirety. The Bad Guys Inc will take this valuable lesson in games to come to never let their guard down no matter how well things are going.
(1)Punishers vs Bad Guys Inc.(4)
(4)Bad Guys Inc. vs Punishers(6)
P.Delli Colli and Nature Boys put up good fight considering the circumstances
The Degenerates came ready to play on Monday night and didn’t miss a beat handing the Nature Boys a pair of losses. They put forth a consistent effort knowing that their opponent didn’t have the body count to keep up, especially in humid conditions. Luckily enough for the Nature Boys, P.Delli Colli gave them every possible chance to potentially steal a game. As dominant as he was in the first match, the Degenerates managed to put three behind the net minder without a response. Much of the ensuing game resembled the first one except at one point when T.Foisy and T.Oliveira scored only seconds apart to level the game at four goals apiece. There was no doubt that the Degenerates were rattled seeing their grip on the game disappear. However, that didn’t stop their prolific goal scorer to take charge once more. Already with two goals and three assists, S.Marricco came to rescue his club with just over a minute left on the clock.
(3)Degenerates vs Nature Boys(0)
(4)Nature Boys vs Degenerates(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Degenerates. In both their wins vs the Nature Boys, S.Marricco had the biggest influence collecting six points that included a late game winner.
Thursday July 23
Buckshots recover with four points after blowing three & four goal leads
After M.Destounis gave the Buckshots a commanding 5-1 lead mid way through the last period of the second game, the Buckshots went into prevent mode, dropped back and let the Assadi Consulting Inc. take it to them, scoring four consecutive goals in only two and a half minutes. The game remained tied but the Buckshots had just squandered another massive lead like they did in the earlier match despite winning it anyway. Both sides had moments looking like they were in a league of their own ,and sometimes looking like they were disinterested in playing a full consistent game. The goaltenders were unfortunately stuck paying the price in the end. As bad as it was at times, P.Assadi and the Assadi Consulting Inc will be glad to have taken a point out of a possible six. The Buckshots were clearly the better team and have only themselves to blame for squandering two leads that should have led to a pair of victories.
(5)Buckshots vs Assadi Consulting Inc.(4)
(6)Assadi Consulting Inc. vs Buckshots(6) S.O
Brewers bounce back after slow start to their season
The Brewers wanted to answer with authority, guts and tenacity and they did all that against the Knights coming off that debacle only a week ago. But things weren’t going to come easy as both sides battled through two very close games. In a rare case, A.Petuzzielo got credited the winner in the first encounter on an empty net goal. The second game seemed to be going the Brewers way after grabbing an early 2-0 lead and an eventual 3-2 lead. However, that didn’t stop the Knights-from fighting back and tying the game on a late power play marker by A.Fonrose. The only thing that was left to settle-from that point on was a dreaded shootout. A.Papazian and A.Petuzzielo came through to help the Brewers put a pair of wins together by getting the better of S.Sauk. It looks like the Brewers captain still has plenty in him. A.Lanni keeps showing that he hasn’t missed a beat as the pesky forward capped off a productive night with three goals and an assist.
(3)Brewers vs Knights(2)
(4)Knights vs Brewers(5) S.O
Fatal Demons save their best for last in split with Horsemen
For well over three periods, the Fatal Demons didn’t know what it felt like to score a single goal. Then, once G.DeMarinis finally cracked the barrier, the flood gates opened and the Fatal Demons snuck the rug-from under the Horsemen’s feet en route to a comeback victory. F.Benhamadi put together two very quick goals, both coming with the help of DeMarinis. The Horsemen will be wondering what went wrong after doing almost everything right for the longest time. After all, they played a sound opening game with C.Stavriadis stealing the show in net for a 23 save shutout. Much of the second encounter resembled the first one with Horsemen playing out in front courtesy of a 2-0 lead. J-K Cazeneuve had just scored the Horsemen’s third of four goals, and Stavriadis must have been thinking of a back to back shutout performance for how well things were going. But somehow the Horsemen may have let their guard down and the Fatal Demons pounced on them like vultures on a dead carcass. That sequence was so short, but enough to flip the script and draw the night even for the two sides.
(0)Fatal Demons vs Horsemen(2)
(3)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Lanni of the Brewers. Unhappy with the way things transpired only a week ago, the Brewers captain led by example posting three very big goals that enabled his club to pull out a pair of wins.
Monday July 20
C.Gingras and Punishers seek pay back vs Smooth Sailors
The Punishers made it a point to not drop two games versus the Smooth Sailors on Monday night. After falling short 5-3 in the opening game, C.Gingras message was loud and clear that the Punishers were to bounce back and even the score. The Punishers came out aggressive in the second encounter making sure that they played on top rather than chasing the game . They did see their lead answered twice in the first period but managed to maintain it in the second frame when C.Gingras posted his second on the power play. Till that point, the Smooth Sailors had no issues finding the back of the net but they finally hit a wall in N.Mackeen, who was brilliant stopping over 15 shots. K.Kuczmarski showed again that he cant be slowed down no matter how hard you try. The Smooth Sailors took the first match in large part due to Kuczmarski’s ability to find the back of the net. The natural sniper jump started the night on a hat trick while adding a pair of points in the ensuing game. There is no doubt both teams share an abundance of talent which makes its always for an entertaining night.
(3)Punishers vs Smooth Sailors(5)
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Punishers(4)
One bad period haunts Degenerates vs Classics
All they had to do was to protect a three goal lead with only one period remaining. Instead, they got complacent and ultimately paid the price. The Classics have the poise and experience to not feel rattled no matter the circumstances. And after falling behind the way they did, G.DeMarinis along with the rest of the Classics gave the Degenerates a real hockey lesson in the end. That result hit a nerve to the Degenerates, who felt they should have buried the match and enter the second contest up 1-0 in the mini series. But like most teams do after suffering such a heart breaking loss, they tend to bounce back even stronger by taking nothing for granted. Clearly, this was the case as they out worked the Classics striking four times in only four minutes. S.Marricco just came off a two goal performance before duplicating his efforts in the second match.
(5)The Classics vs Degenerates(4)
(4)Degenerates vs The Classics(2)
Prolific Athletes use speed in blow out win despite only 5 players
When the Prolific Athletes spoke about what they needed to do in order to bounce back vs the Excalibur, they were talking about using their speed in order to stretch out the game. The adjustments paid off and the Prolific Athletes had a field day in a 7-2 rout of the Excalibur. What made it even more enlightening was that they did it with only five players and a solid goaltender in F.Vigliotti. Three out of there seven goals came-from Y.Gazura while G.Theristal was all over the court producing five points. As disappointing as the overall night was for the Excalibur, they did manage to escape with an earlier 3-2 win thanks to pair of big goals by R.Cohen.
(2)Prolific Athletes vs Excalibur(3)
(2)Excalibur vs Prolific Athletes(7)
Shell Shocked Orient unable to recover after squandering late lead
Its not considered a massive melt down but the Orient may have felt that way after giving up a 2-0 lead ,especially with the second goal occurring only 30 seconds before the game ended. That equaliser by G.Amorosa forced the game into a shootout where the Bad Guys Inc prevailed on S.Lachapelle’s lone tally. Still, the door was opened for some sort of pay back, but unfortunately for the Orient, things went-from bad to worse. The Bad Guys Inc carried their momentum by striking first in order to dictate the pace to their liking. After building a 3-0 comfortable lead, the only thing missing was a perfect sheet for G.Barkley. 14 seconds was all that was left over for Barkley to preserve his shutout only to see it stripped away by Y.Derohannessian.
(2)Orient vs Bad Guys Inc(3) S.O
(3)Bad Guys Inc vs Orient(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. As he’s done it many times before, G.Cingras was influential in bouncing back the Punishers to a close 4-3 win over the Smooth Sailors by collecting three big points that included the winner.
Thursday July 16
Assadi Consulting Inc. fill net in confidence boost to season
Following a close defeat to the hands of the Assadi Consulting Inc, the Brewers had nothing left in the tank heading into the second match. It was clear by then that the Assadi Consulting Inc had extra speed and tenacity leaving the Brewers without a response. Already with a pair of goals in the earlier 5-3 win, Y.Nazarian wasn’t done yet adding two more markers in a lopsided 7-0 victory. Many players played together for the very first time for the Assadi Consulting Inc, but that didn’t look apparent the way they connected showing instant chemistry. Clearly, the long pause slowed down the Brewers, who will need a few games to get back into game shape.
(3)Brewers vs Assadi Consulting Inc.(5)
(7)Assadi Consulting Inc. vs Brewers(0)
Four goals in just over three minutes, Fatal Demons feast on Family collapse
While it might have looked promising for the Family to jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the second encounter, the Fatal Demons crushed all hopes in a short span of only three and a half minutes. The game was put to rest when G.DeMarinnis struck in a quick succession only 30 seconds apart followed with a back breaking blow-from A.Zarzour that gave the Fatal Demons plenty of breathing room up 4-1. That sequence really set the tone for the Fatal Demons, who were stuck rotating fewer players after coming off a close 3-2 victory. The Family may have felt they got away-from a solid structured game plan by being to risk oriented. It was perhaps to be expected for a team that’s been out of action for a while.
(2)The Family vs Fatal Demons(3)
(5)Fatal Demons vs The Family(1)
Horsemen find comfort in split with Buckshots
The Horsemen did exactly what they set out to do after dropping a close 4-3 loss to the Buckshot’s, and that was to return the favour with the same result. In contrast to the opening match where the Buckshots took immediate control on three straight goals, the Horsemen were the better team in the ensuing game responding in a much urgent manner. This time, they dictated the pace by jumping out in front on three consecutive goals. S.DosSantos took matters into his own hands posting two quick tallies before setting up the winner by M.Kardum. The Buckshots looked down and out but managed to make a big push after netting two quick goals. Unfortunately for the Buckshots, three remaining minutes wasn’t enough time to force an equaliser.
(4)Buckshots vs Horsemen(3)
(4)Horsemen vs Buckshots(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sergio DosSantos of the Horsemen. Dos Santos relished a magnificent performance potting two big goals along with a brilliant pass to set up the winning tally for the Horsemen.
Monday July 13
Paolo Delli Colli and the Nature Boys primed in season debut
Paolo Delli Colli probably couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. The Nature Boys goaltender stopped all but one shot earing two wins that included a 19 save shutout. But the verdict was more than the net minder flashing his glove and making sound saves. The Nature Boys came out hot out of the gates as a confident group that will surely challenge any opponent on most nights. After collecting a slight 2-1 win in the opening contest, the Nature Boys remained dialled in and collected a more convincing 3-0 result in the ensuing encounter. A.Pittarelli had a major influence offensively scoring three out of his clubs five goals. The Excalibur could have used some extra help with their shorter bench but that’s what happens when clubs are forced to conserve their energy due to a lack of players.
(1)Excalibur vs Nature Boys(2)
(3) Nature Boys vs Excalibur(0)
Orient get the better of the front runners Punishers
The Orient laid down the law on Monday night handing a team that isn’t used to losing often a pair of losses. Sadly for the Punishers, a deep roster with a ton of talent still managed to fall short to the hands of the Orient. Both games were close with arguably the special teams being one the difference makers. B.Cabral snapped a 1-1 tie on the power play in the first encounter while Y.Derohannesian did the same in the following match but in a shorthanded situation. But perhaps what was more remarkable for the Orient on this night was the play of their net minder. T.Chouinard’s 43 save spectacle paced his club as they surged past a team that scores at will. There was no doubt his teammates attribute the wins to his outstanding performance between the pipes where he repeatedly frustrated the Punishers on numerous occasions. And while goaltending is so essential, the Orient can always rely on their strength up front as well where B.Cabral propelled his club on a hat trick in the first game and M.Morin potting in a pair in the second match.
(1)Punishers vs Orient(4)
(3)Orient vs Punishers(1)
Bad Boys Inc spreading out the wealth on a pair of easy wins
The Bad Boys Inc have comprehensively out-played the Classics and it showed only in the first period alone where they ran up the score on four unanswered goals. The Classics know that they cant afford to surrender a bad start when going up against a much quicker side. And since the first encounter was a write off, the veteran club had the opportunity address their woes heading into the second encounter. Unfortunately, not much changed as the Bad Boys Inc simply continued-from where they left off. The only difference was that it was less than a convincing lead but never the less enough of a cushion to feel in total control of the game. Remarkably, five different players finished their night with two goals a piece. S.Archambault, P.Spadafora, V.Albanese, J.Cardinal and C.Chirola all scored twice on a defenceless P.Assadi.
(6)Bad Boys Inc vs The Classics(1)
(2)The Classics vs Bad Boys Inc(5)
Degenerates hit a wall in F.Vigliotti to split games with prolific Athletes
If the Degenerates thought the first game was an indication of what was to come in the second game, than they got it totally wrong. It seemed like they could do no wrong capitalising on many opportunities while getting the required here and there save-from J.Atch. S.Marricco showed that he can still score burying a hat trick while G.Santacroce did the same to get all of the Degenerates scoring done. Then, the second game happened and the script flipped. This time, the Prolific Athletes decided to dictate the pace, and in doing so got rewarded with a slight 2-1 margin. R.Demosthene and E.Figaro each scored in the win while F.Vigliotti was lights out stopping 27 of 28 shots.
(0)Prolific Athletes vs Degenerates(6)
(1)Degenerates vs Prolific Athletes(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tommy Chouinard of the Orient. In order to limit the Punishers to only two goals in as many games, goaltending has to be at its best and T.Chouinard did not disappoint displaying an incredible performance.
Wednesday March 11
(7)Left Wings vs Bramabulls(6) O.T
Bramabulls give up four straight goals in overtime loss to Left Wings
With their most recent loss on Wednesday night, the Bramabulls continue to look poor when playing without the ball. For as frustrating as this season has been for the Bramabulls , this latest defeat seemed to really sting because of how close they were to getting something out of it. Their continuous inability to prevent goals has been a thorn throughout their entire season. The Left Wings exploited the Bramabulls weakness as of the five minute mark of the third period where the downfall began for the Bramabulls. The comeback was led by a collective effort involving different players that included a late equaliser from A.Perrault, and the overtime winner by J.Argyropoulos. A.Perrault had a big part to do with the victory collecting five out of a possible seven points for the Left Wings.
(5)Screaming Eagles vs Fitforce Phoenix(6)
Fitforce Phoenix hang on to nail biter
A third period surge from the Screaming Eagles led by E.Skafidas just fell short as the Fitforce Phoenix barely hung on for the victory. Skafidas scored twice in the third period to complete his hat trick but time just wasn’t enough despite carrying all that momentum. The importance of a better start definitely helped secure the win for the Fitforce Phoenix. B.Cabral and Ali Khanafer shared two goals each and everything appeared fine for two straight periods. Luckily enough, there four goal margin played out to be just enough in the end.
(8)Buckshots vs Fatal Demons(7)
Fatal Demons wake up late in effort to comeback versus Buckshots
Against one of the top teams of their division, the Fatal Demons entered the third period with a four goal deficit. And despite mounting a massive comeback, a five goal third period surge still wasn’t enough. The Buckshots must of thought this had this game in the bag. Anytime you lead by four after a pair of dominant periods, the mind set will only suggest for an easy win, especially with the pride of the Buckshots players. However, they did get a rude awakening despite taking then win. Sometimes teams that come off a positive result don’t feel good about their game. This surely was the case for the Buckshots, who would have been devastated if things turned out differently. K.Kavan led the way up front posting a hat trick while N.Kokovidis was involved in the action as well bagging two goals.
(6)Bulldogs vs Horsemen(7)
Horsemen rally with four goal third period to beat Bulldogs
Down by a pair after two periods, the Horsemen huddled in between periods and responded with a great comeback effort in the third. Clearly the Horsemen didn’t want to be put in that situation, but the guys stuck together, dug deep and just kept chipping away. E.Caccavale had already scored in the opening frame before being the first to score in the third period comeback .Tonight’s winner came in an unusual manner with B.Rubino feeding an empty cage for his second of the contest. For two straight periods, the Bulldogs couldn’t have asked for a better display. M-A Beaumelle was feeling it on this night riding a hat trick and S.Lague was very productive collecting three points for the Bulldogs.
(3)Fat Roy vs Armadillos(4)
Fat Roy fall apart in third period
During an eye opening sequence that lasted two periods, K.Kakivelis was by far the story of the match as the skilled forward riffled all three goals for Fat Roy. But, in the end, his outstanding performance was overshadowed because the Armadillos scored three unanswered goals in the third period and stunned Fat Roy 4-3. C.Zafiropoulos stressed that a desperation level needs to be high for three straight periods and not two. Granted, the Armadillos isn’t an easy team to keep a strangle hold for most of the game. Eventually, they would put it together and steal the contest from their opponent. P.Legatos, P.Lapointe and G.Vouloumanos each scored in the final frame to overcome the deficit.
In a night where all five games were high scoring, decided by only one goal, and most of the action involving third period comebacks, the SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Perrault of the Left Wings. Throughout the entire game versus the Bramabulls, A.Perrault was a force accumulating five points that involved key plays to help mount a comeback victory for his team.
Monday March 9
Classics use lead to their advantage
M.Destounis broke a scoreless tie, P.Assadi made 10 saves for a shutout, and the Classics hung on to beat Les Immigrant in the first contest. The Classics knew they were going up a desperate club. Even though they sit in a playoff spot, Les Immigrant would have loved nothing more than to at least get a split. Unfortunately, the second game didn’t go there way either despite getting on board twice. It was the same player that came to haunt Les Immigrant with M.Destounis striking first while setting up two teammates. Les Immigrant never had the luxury to play with the lead, something that’s difficult to do versus a stingy club. Their lone tallies came from a reliable source in A.Addante.
(1)The Classics vs Les Immigrant(0)
(2)Les Immigrant vs The Classics(4)
Orient settle the score in shootout after dropping opener to Punishers
The Punishers were all but 40 seconds away from claiming two clean wins over the Orient. After taking the opening contest by a 3-1 margin, the Punishers couldn’t hold up long enough, and in the end had to settle for a shootout loss. It was only fitting that M.Morin would come through and rescue the Orient. Morin scored twice, collected an assist before bagging the lone shootout marker. The Punishers got offensive contributions from pretty much everyone in these two games rather than relying on their key guys.
(1)Orient vs Punishers(3)
(4)Punishers vs Orient(5) S.O
Degenerates slip out a pair of character wins over Excalibur
It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Degenerates took both their games versus their rival on Monday night. Both games required quite a bit of resilience on the Degenerates side, something that’s been asked of them all season. The first game was decided fairly late when D.Charbonneau broke a 2-2 tie. The Degenerates knew the second match was going to be that much more difficult. However, they did manage to play in front which clearly gave them an advantage. G.Santacroce made his effort pay off as the young talent scored early in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie. The Excalibur once again fell behind and unfortunately saw their deficit grow larger when L.Folini struck minutes later. That was Folini’s second of three points during the match with his third point being part of an empty net marker.
(2)Excalibur vs Degenerates(3)
(4)Degenerates vs Excalibur(2)
Fatigue not an issue for Punishers in double header night
The Punishers were faced with a difficult path ahead of them on Monday night. A tough back to back stretch starting with the Orient, and followed by a matchup with a very familiar opponent in the LG HC, somehow fatigue didn’t play a role as they managed to prevail on both occasions. It was clear they competed in both games beating the LG HC by three goals in each of the encounters. Despite the challenges they faced, the Punishers showed their true nature by fighting through and controlling both matches. The first win resembled their previous result versus the Orient that saw scoring efforts coming from different players. Then, the sleeping giant woke up, and C.Gingras took over like he’s done many times before. Gingras scored a first period hat trick before adding his fourth tally to cap off a very productive night for his team and for himself.
(1)LG HC vs Punishers(4)
(7)Punishers vs LG HC(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Classics. After potting the lone winner in the first contest versus Les Immigrant, Destounis wasn’t done yet, adding three straight points to help lead his club to a second straight win.
Friday March 6
(6)Chiefs vs Brewers(2)
Chiefs give themselves some breathing room in big win over Brewers
The Chiefs got a sigh of relief after defeating a team that was neck and neck with them for that final playoff spot. As expected, the compete level was high as was the tension with so much on the line. Up only 3-2 after two periods, the Chiefs had their best looks early in the third period where A.Zarzour and N.Morrone scored in the first two minutes of play. That little sequence was enough to deflate the morale of the Brewers, who found themselves too deep in a hole despite plenty of time left over. If not for R.Ranieri’s brilliant sequence of saves in the first period, this game could have tilted the other way. Instead, the Chiefs are grateful and thankful that their net minder came through at a time of need.
(1)National vs Templars(2)
Templars getting back to some good habits
The Templars knew that in order to win this game, a defensive battle was required, and that’s exactly what happened on Friday night. The pace of the play suggested how geared up the Templars were throughout the entire night. They played hard, and for the most part, limited their mistakes while getting a lights out performance from C.Muccino. Both sides traded first period goals before going through a drought in the second period. It was almost a guarantee that the next goal would ultimately decide matters. And when C.Moutafis found himself racing down the wing, the Templars were able to grab a huge lead thanks to his precise wrist shot. Still, time wasn’t an issue for National, but when considering how stingy the Templars are at times, it seemed unlikely that they would have equalised. This result came as a good character win for a team that’s overshadowed at times.
(5)Devil Dawgz vs Bramabulls(4) S.O
Devil Dawgz rally late in a night to forget for the Bramabulls
It felt safe to say that the Bramabulls had this game in the bag. After all, they played well for most of the night and carried a 3-1 and eventually a 4-2 lead with only a minute and a half remaining. Unfortunately for the Bramabulls, the Devil Dawgz had other plans. N.Faria, as he has a few times in his career, had some late game heroics. Just a minute after K.Araujo made it a one goal game, Faria scored to tie it. The third period ended 4-4 yet it felt like the Devil Dawgz had won the game. It truly felt as if it was a matter of time before the Devil Dawgz would take it. And even though it wasn’t decided in overtime, the shootout was where the difference occurred. F.Labrecque was the only player of the six shot attempts to score while M.Trivisonno stood tall denying three straight breakaways.
(2)Pylons vs The Family(3)
Family hold off Pylons in 3-2 win
The Family held the edge in play for most of the night, but had to hold on to get a big 3-2 victory over the Pylons. For two straight periods, nothing was going right for the Pylons, not even a four minute power play that looked utterly useless. They did have a stronger effort in the third but no where close to what the Family brought forth all night. L.Cannistrano got into the mix bagging a pair of goals while M-A Daaha was clutch once again posting the winner. Up until the five minute mark of the third period, T.Borgia was flawless making enough quality saves to keep control of the game. The Pylons were simply out worked and out played on this night versus a team that was clearly ready for the challenge.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carmen Muccino of the Templars. Despite National being one of the best offensive teams, Muccino did a fantastic job shutting them down. There was no doubt this was perhaps his best game of the season, a performance that can go a long way if the Templars play the right way in front of him.
Wednesday March 4
(9)Knights vs Underdogs(1)
C.Moutafis 4 goals power Knights over Underdogs
C.Moutafis put together a dominant performance throughout the entire match, netting four straight goals right after C.Durante bagged a pair to get things in motion for the Knights. It almost seemed as if Moutafis was three steps ahead of everyone else on the court , making the Underdogs defense look confused at times. The Underdogs knew they had a tough challenge ahead of them as they were stuck playing with a shorter bench. There only bright moment came when D.Constantineau beat S.Sauk early in the second period.
(5)Bramabulls vs Buckshots(4)
J.Mandracchia scores 4 goals to carry Bramabulls past Buckshots
J.Mandracchia has been one of the Bramabulls most reliable scorers so far this season. His latest big night came against the Buckshots, who gave the Bramabulls a real run for their money. You can almost argue that if it wasn’t for Mandracchia in this contest ,the Bramabulls would have likely come out short. Instead, the sniper did what he does best and that is to put the ball behind most goaltenders. All five Bramabulls goals came through Mandracchia in one form or another. The highly skilled forward went on a complete tear riffling fours markers and an assist to edge out the Buckshots. Considering the circumstances, the Buckshots left the match with their heads high knowing they put up a real challenge with a shorter bench.
(8)Carnage vs Bad Habits(6)
Bad Habits third period effort falls short as Carnage hang on
The Bad Habits put forth quite the third period charge to pull within one on two occasions, but an early three goal deficit was too much to overcome as the Bad Habits fell short on Wednesday night. To their credit, they never let up and nearly got there if it wasn’t for M.Maggiore taking care of business fro Carnage. Maggiore came through twice in only two minutes on a pair of daggers that ultimately put the match to rest. G.Valente and his captain F.Pace also scored twice in the win while N.Delisi did the same but in a losing cause.
(4)AREZ vs Fat Roy(5) O.T
J.Pantelis gets it done in a hurry for Fat Roy’s OT winner
Fat Roy allowed two goals by the 6:40 minute mark of the first period, but found a way to rally and top AREZ in overtime. It was clearly not the start C.Zafiropoulos and Fat Roy wanted. However, they did manage to settle down and respond in a massive way on three goals in only four minutes. Both teams came out flying trading three goals each in the first period alone. The pace did eventually calm down as they went back to playing a sound defensive game not allowing as many high quality chances. Eventually, something was bound to give and that moment only came in extra time. It took only 14 seconds into the sudden death frame for J.Pantelis to pull through and stamp the game for Fat Roy. That was the first time in the contest that AREZ gave up a lead.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Horsemen(3)
V.Pandza’s late third period goal holds up as winner
You always want to get off to a better start no matter the situation. Just prior to the first period ending, the Horsemen struck first after being awarded a power play opportunity. However, that didn’t stop J.Courteau from responding immediately in the second frame. Sitting on a tie game wasn’t what the Horsemen wanted as they kept pushing the pace in order to snap the tie. P.Sidhom managed to regain the lead later in the second period and the Horsemen had the luxury once more to play in front. Then, just to play it safe, V.Pandza widened the gap on a goal that would eventually stand up for the winner. The Mighty Drunks put up a good overall fight without some key players to their line-up. Maybe things would have played out differently if the had the lead. C.Stavriadis got the slight edge over B.Verducci as both net minders were stellar between the pipes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of the Bramabulls. It can almost be argued that if it wasn’t for Mandracchia on Wednesday night, that the Bramabulls would have dropped their game versus the Buckshots. The lethal weapon was uncontainable scoring four times while providing a helper in a close 5-4 victory.
Thursday March 5
(6)Fatal Demons vs Screaming Eagles(7) S.O
Fatal Demons drag out the suspense but fall in shootout
The Fatal Demons faced off against the Screaming Eagles hoping to end their two game slide and put up some points to the standings. They couldn’t have asked a for a better start and perhaps an even better ending when A.Zarzour struck to force overtime. Unfortunately, they just weren’t consistent enough throughout the game and ultimately paid the price in the end. The Screaming Eagles were only 22 seconds away from claiming three much needed points, instead they settled with a pair thanks to E.Skafidas’s lone shootout tally and A.Mancini denying both shot attempts from the Fatal Demons. Apart from A.Zarzour scoring twice during the game, both sides relied on balanced scoring and an overall team game. Even though they sit at the bottom of the standings, this came as a huge result for the Screaming Eagles, who keep battling for a playoff spot.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Toyota Candiac(4)
J.Vinet puts the dagger late after furious comeback from Fitforce Phoenix
It was a roller coaster of a match where the Toyota Candiac blew a 3-0 lead only to recuperate it late in the game. Eleven minutes had gone by, and the Toyota Candiac looked like they would have blown this game out of reach. J.Vinet grabbed two early goals right before M.Gagnon increased the lead to 3-0. However, when looking at the two benches while considering the body count along with the pride of the Fitforce Phoenix, it wasn’t a total shock that a comeback was in the making. Similar to what the Toyota Candiac did early on, the Fitforce Phoenix answered back with three quick markers of their own. Both sides had combined for six goals just before the mid way point of the game. At that pace, it seemed like there was more to come but things did slow down with both sides playing a little more cautious. The next tally didn’t come till the latter stages of the third period where J.Vinet struck for a third time.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Julien Vinet of the Toyota Candiac. In his first game dressed, the crafty forward made a big difference bagging three out of his clubs four goals that included a back breaking winner.
Tuesday March 3
(4)GK vs Capitals(2)
GK surge early in third period to top Capitals
Despite giving up the opening and closing goal of the game, the rest in between belonged to the GK. The Capitals managed to hang in there long enough but eventually realised it was done when M.David and F.Belisle each struck early in the third period for a 4-1 lead. It was clear that the up hill battle from that point on felt unrealistic for the Capitals having to go up against a team can shut anybody down. In his season debut, P-O Girouard did not disappoint forming his brick wall structure stopping close to 20 shots. The win saw four different players cash in with M.David’s third period marker holding up for the winner.
(2)Montreal As vs Black Knights(5)
Y.Derohannessian’s late shorty seals the deal for the Black Knights
Y.Derohannessian couldn’t have picked a better time than to notch a shorthanded goal. Although the Black Knights were in front 3-2, that tally pretty much summed up the game between the two sides with just over three minutes remaining. It was an overall solid performance from the two teams with each side carrying the play. M.Ianovale struck first to get the balling rolling for the Montreal As and didn’t give up their first tally till the four minute mark of the second period. Once the game was tied, J.Gagne took over bagging two in a row to put the Black Knights in the drivers seat. A.Lemay did eventually respond to reduce the gap but it was all for nothing as Derohannessian struck shortly after with a huge blow.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Gagne of the Black Knights. Big time players know when to show up when the game is on the line. J.Gagne was proof of that once again for the Black Knights collecting back to back tallies after snapping a dead lock 1-1 tie.
Monday March 2
1 Timer bounce back to even the score with Les Yables
The 1 Timer got back playing to their strengths after a sour loss to Les Yables. They managed to limit their turnovers and re discovered their scoring touch in the final frame on four unanswered goals. P-A Surprenant used a sweet back hand move to lift the ball just under the bar that snapped a 3-3 tie. It was clear from that point on that the 1 Timer smelled blood outworking Les Yables en route to a 6-3 double up victory. Perhaps, Les Yables entered the second match a little more complacent after a dominating performance earlier on. D.Marcotte scored twice in the opening contest and repeated the same performance in the second game as clearly their best forward. Looking back, Les Yables played well for three straight periods but were no where to be seen in the final stretch where the 1 Timer came to life.
(5)Les Yables vs 1 Timer(1)
(6)1 Timer vs Les Yables(3)
LG HC hoped to clip Orient after surrendering late tally
Ali Khanafer scored with eleven seconds left, and the Orient may have surprised the LG HC on a night where they had a high quality roster. There was no doubt it came as a demoralizing loss, but there was still another shot at some redemption for the LG HC. The problem however was that the Orient weren’t planning on settling for a job half done. Instead, they took the same approach making things extremely difficult for the LG HC. By fighting valiantly and never letting down at any point, the Orient barley gave time and space for the LG HC to breathe. The second match was eventually decided in the final five minutes where Hadi Khanafer buried his second to snap a 3-3 tie. Ali Sayed would then add his second as well, and the Orient were on their way to celebrating a pair of character victories. F.Nasser’s message prior to the game was met by the time it was said and done. When every single player buys into a system and believes in each other, it just goes to prove that anything is possible.
(2)LG HC vs Orient(3)
(5)Orient vs LG HC(3)
Classics using their depth over depleted Prolific Athletes
The Classics had a huge advantage on Monday night versus the Prolific Athletes, and that advantage was their depth chart. They steamrolled past them on two straight games getting balanced scoring and reliable goaltending. The results weren’t lopsided but the games weren’t close enough nevertheless. In both their wins, the Classics built at least a three goal cushion that forced the Prolific Athletes to get something going. P.Santullo made his goals count as the captain was credited with both winners. K.Kavan had a multi goal performance for the Classics as did A.Jalilvand for the Prolific Athletes.
(3)Prolific Athletes vs The Classics(5)
(4)The Classics vs Prolific Athletes(2)
Ice Breakers have Immigrant’s number
Tonight’s results proved one thing for the Ice Breakers, and that is they have Les Immigrant’s number. Les Immigrant did compete for the entire four periods but ultimately fell short making it a fourth consecutive loss to the Ice Breakers. B.Freitas Pereira’s lone goal stood up, and A.Zardarian turned aside all 12 shots he faced to earn a shutout. The second match had a little more mustard to it with both teams combining for six goals. However, it was the Ice Breakers once again coming out on top. M.Boghossian had plenty to do with the win by bagging two big goals that included the winner. Even though Les Immigrant came empty handed in four meetings with the Ice Breakers, every single game could have gone either way for how close they were.
(0)Les Immigrant vs Ice Breakers(1)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Les Immigrant(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ali Sayed of the Orient. He was as efficient as a defensemen can to be . Sayed created tones of offense through his ability to walk in when needed to, and at the same time extremely good without the ball breaking up plays that turned into counter attacks.
Friday February 28
(1)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(2)
Marc Jr Archambault goal lifts Devil Dawgz to close win over Brewers
The Devil Dawgz are one resilient bunch. Marc Jr Archambault snapped a 1-1 third period tie and the Devil Dawgz shrugged off a sluggish start top the Brewers on Friday night. This game was expected to be a tight battle when considering their style of play. The Brewers had the better start when G.Nehme opened the scoring early in the second period. Eventually, the Devil Dawgz would respond and turn up their play collecting the next two goals after G.Platanitis single handily kept the Brewers in the game. Time wasn’t yet a factor but that didn’t get in the way of the Devil Dawgz, and especially M.Trivisonno, who remained focused riding out the clock.
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Templars(1)
HBHA Seniors rout Templars, score three quick first period goals
The HBHA Seniors got off to a great start and never looked back on Friday night. It took just over two minutes of play at the half way mark of the first period for P.Karigiannis, M.Mavroudis and M.Argiris to get the scoring done. There was no doubt the HBHA Seniors played to their identity by dominating possession while relying on their structured game. The Templars got their chances here and there but weren’t as clean cut as they hoped for. They missed out on a 5-3 power play and only got on board when the game was nearly over. A.Bonvino was the only player that eventually solved J.Vrettis, who left with a slight bitter taste knowing he was only a minute and change away from recording another shutout.
(0)The Family vs Bramabulls(10)
Bramabulls use stacked roster to overwhelm Family
P.Rivera and G.Lipartiti each had two goals, M.Gravano earned a shutout and the rampaging Brmabaulls cruised to a 10-0 blowout victory over the Family. It didn’t take long for the Bramabulls to take the wind out of the Family. Players find it harder to get motivated when stuck with a brutal start. For the Family, it was just about getting through the game while the Bramabulls never let go of the pedal extending the misery till the ten goal mercy rule that occurred early in the third period. A.DiPerna was glad to have a complete roster during the regular season, something that he’ll make sure comes together when the playoffs arrive.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Trivisonno of the Devil Dawgz. In a tight competitive battle with the Brewers, Trivisonno was brilliant stopping over 30 shots in a close 2-1 victory.
Wednesday February 26
(5)Bad Habits vs Underdogs(4)
Last minute addition works wonders for Bad Habits
After receiving notice only late on Wednesday afternoon, G.Santacroce was the best thing that happened for the Bad Habits so far this season. Even though it took nearly two periods, the Bad Habits were able to turn it around after finding themselves trailing 4-1 at one point. It was by then that Santacroce made his immediate impact on the game. After assisting N.Delisi late in the second period, G.Santacroce went into beast mode notching two late goals before ending it in style with the overtime winner. The Underdogs were in the same position with the Bad Habits prior to the start of the game. Neither side had yet tasted victory and were in desperate search for something positive to come out of it. Unfortunately for the Underdogs, two solid periods just wasn’t good enough as they’ll have to wait for another opportunity in order to collect their first win of the season.
(8)AREZ vs Screaming Eagles(4)
J.Hassan’s display too much to handle for Screaming Eagles
J.Hassan has produced many times in the past, but what he did in tonight’s case was perhaps one his best or maybe his best game to date. His direct role led his team to a double up win over the Screaming Eagles. After opening the scoring in the first period, J.Hassan went on a tear adding three goals and two assists to finish with an incredible six point performance. The Screaming Eagles had to deal with some concerns early on involving players that haven’t yet played with one another. Eventually, they got some chemistry going but the damage had already been done. All four of their goals came in the second portion of the game with P.Arkalis leading the charge with two tallies.
(1)Left Wings vs Armadillos(5)
Offense emerging from back end for Armadillos
Back end scoring is a rarity for most teams, but that doesn’t apply to the Armadillos. S.Athanasopoulos and G.Bouchard have it in their nature to create opportunities on a constant basis and unfortunately for the Left Wings, they felt the full effect of it. The Armadillos spread out their scoring with five different players that’s saw their back end duo combine for five points. Sometimes its highlight-level worthy and sometimes its smart simple passes. Clearly, a luxury that any team would love to have. On the flip side of the court, the Left Wings have a similar back end core with S.Govas and J.Adamou but the two were missing in action in tonight’s case.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Fatal Demons(2)
Ali Khanafer’s third period goal lifts Fitforce Phoenix to 3-2 win over Fatal Demons
Twice they were down, and twice they evened the score before Ali Khanafer gave the Fitforce Phoenix there first lead for good. It seemed like the Fitforce Phoenix were pushing the pace pretty good throughout the entire game. The Fatal Demons had some chances and enough time to widen the gap by two but couldn’t get that much needed marker. In the end, they couldn’t contain the pace and pressure from their opponent. The positive outcome was a result of a couple of key factors. First being A.Sayed, who participated in all three goals, and M.St-Laurent, who once again kept the game close enough in order for his team to prevail.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gaetano Santacroce of the Bad Habits. After suiting up for the first time this season, G.Santacroce put the Bad Habits on his back netting two late markers while striking in overtime for his fourth point of the night.
Thursday February 27
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Bulldogs(11)
Mighty Drunks don’t help themselves in lopsided loss to Bulldogs
There was a whole lot of ugly for the Mighty Drunks in their lopsided loss on Thursday night. They took it as it was, like a good slap in the face and as a reminder for how poorly they can play if they intent to go anywhere this season. There was no question that the Bulldogs came ready to play. The game was already out of reach by the time the first period ended. And if scoring four goals in one single frame wasn’t enough, the Bulldogs did it one better adding five more by the second. This win was gratifying for every single Bulldog player out there. X.Clement ,S.Dion and W.Goyer all scored twice while five other teammates took turns finding the back of the net.
(8)Fat Roy vs Bramabulls(4)
Leaky Bulls need to plug holes in their defensive game
Occasionally allowing an abundance of goals in one regular season game is one thing, but to do it for a couple of games in a row is not what the Bramabulls are all about. No doubt Thursday night was a restless night for the Bramabulls. The defensive gaffs were apparent as early as the drop of the ball. Fat Roy wasted no time exploiting the Bramabulls defensive game and in result buried four markers by the time the first period ended. If anyone spoke in between frames for a better second period, the message landed on deaf ears with Fat Roy continuing their onslaught. It took a 6-0 lead before Y.Derohannessian finally broke the ice. Despite putting it together from that point on, the game was pretty much put to rest. L.Williams was a thorn all game notching three consecutive goals and an assist.
(5)Knights vs Carnage(10)
Depleted Knights put up a good early fight
You never want to use it as an excuse but the Knights had every reason to having only one change up to their bench. And considering the circumstances, they hung in there for a while. However, it was only a question of time before the tired legs would get in the way. Carnage entered the second period tied 2-2 before pulling away with six second period goals. Many players chipped in offensively that saw G.Valente and M.Pace riffle a pair while B.Sansotta was behind setting up four tallies. For the few players they had, the Knights got most of their production by S.Ruggiero, R.Kilgour, P.Santullo and J.DeSua as the four players combined for ten points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lee Williams of Fat Roy. The main architect in tonight’s win for Fat Roy came from the hands of L.Williams, who keeps proving his ability to score goals is very common for the sniper.
Tuesday February 25
(6)Bengals HC vs Slayers(4) S.O
Slayers rally but fall in shootout to Bengals HC
The Slayers erased a two goal third period deficit on Tuesday night, but the Bengals HC prevailed in the shootout to escape with a 6-4 decision. The Slayers were thoroughly outclassed in the first two periods unable or get much going. Defensively, they seemed to be a mess and didn't really have a solution on how to contain J.Gagne, who went on to score twice while adding a shootout marker. However, they did manage to flip the script in the third where they finally got the ball rolling. J.Scalia and M.Dettorre each shared two assists that included a big helper on M.Cerone's late equaliser. The problem was that they couldn't continue some good fortune in the breakaways. The Bengals HC were superior in that department with P.Barrette and J.Gagne each scoring while L-P Levac was sharp in net denying both attempts.
(3)Punishers vs Capitals(2) S.O
Punishers slip past Capitals with shootout win
P.Karvouriaris and N.Mackeen came through to help the Punishers get the better of the Capitals. P.Karvouriaris scored the lone shootout goal, and N.Mackeen made some timely saves during the game to fend off the Capitals. Looking back, the Capitals may have felt they deserve better after finding themselves playing twice with the lead. The problem was that they struggled in one area of their game, and that was on their special teams. Both goals they gave up came shorthanded and on the Punishers powerplay. K.Kavan set up C.Gingras with the man short while finding his captain J.Fidrilis for a huge power play marker. As for the Capitals, C.Bezeau and C.Valois each found the back of the net, both goals coming with the help of F.Jobin. The goaltenders were perhaps the reason why this game remained close by giving their respective clubs every chance possible to steal the game. The only difference occurred in the shootouts where N.Mackeen made that one extra save over his counter part C.Fortin.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen on the Punishers. After displaying a stellar performance for three plus periods, N.Mackeen was not to be denied stopping all three shot attempts in the shootouts.
Thursday February 27
(6)GK Lite vs Bengals HC(0)
Penalties a problem for Bengals HC in loss to GK Lite
For a whole period, the Bengals HC went toe to toe with the Gk Lite, and then the second period happened where everything took a sideways turn. The Bengals HC simply didn’t play enough of the period full strength, something you don’t want to do versus a team like the GK Lite. It was almost inevitable that the GK Lite would make them pay. K.Kuczmarski scored twice in the game and the GK Lite used balanced scoring to top their opponent while P-O Girouard stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Looking back, the Bengals HC will take the good and the bad after this loss. There was no doubt that they shot themselves in the foot after hanging around with a really good team for a long stretch.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the GK Lite. After facing 21 shots, the net minder held his ground en route to a perfect game between the pipes.
Monday February 24
Punishers & 1 Timer rely on their key players
C.Gingras displayed a one man show and did what he does best, and that’s to dominate the score sheet. Whether its scoring goals or creating plays, Gingras keeps showing his character no matter the challenge in front of him. The Punishers took the second contest thanks to their magician igniting four straight goals. Granted, it didn’t help that the 1 Timer took three penalties in which all resulted in power play goals for the Punishers. Prior to the second game however, the first encounter had a different story line with the net minders deserving much of the credit. After playing to a 2-2 draw, F.Koch and M.Melo showed their poise and patience in the shootout. Neither net minder flinched while anticipating the movement of the shooter in front of them. That contest could have easily ended in the Punishers favour if not for F.Koch robbing C.Gingras point blank with only a second left on the clock.
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers(2) S.O
(6)Punishers vs 1 Timer(4)
Les Immigrant unable to recover after late collapse
Les Immigrant were sitting pretty with a 2-0 lead against the Excalibur on Monday night. They were looking confident and the outcome looked favourable up until it wasn’t. Then, and in the span of only two minutes, the disaster occurred. The Excalibur stormed with goals in the final three minutes on efforts from three different players that saw Z.Bhanji net the winner. It was clear that the loss affected Les Immigrant in the ensuing match. At no point were they in it. There focus got the best of them as three straight penalties resulted in power play goals for the Excalibur. J.Azoulay collected four straight points while A.Fonrose was right behind him with three points.
(2)Les Immigrant vs Excalibur(3)
(5)Excalibur vs Les Immigrant(2)
LG HC collecting some extra points after two tight battles with les Yables
Though tempted throughout a back and forth affair on Monday night, the LG HC refused to let their head to head with the high energy Yables slip out of their grasp, collecting four out of a possible six points. With both encounters being extremely close, the LG HC relied on their special teams to take a tight 3-2 victory. Perhaps, the key tally came when E.Girouard scored shorthanded to snap a 1-1 tie. Y.Derohannessian would eventually bag the winner on the power play. Les Yables had a great opportunity to even the score in the ensuing match. After all, they led 4-2 thanks to T.Charpentier’s hat trick. Best effort or not, the LG HC upped the ante in hopes of bouncing back. Eventually, they came together as it took all but two minutes for J.Mandracchia and E.Mavroudis to respond. Neither team was then able to get it done in regulation time leaving only a dreaded shootout. And after sending two players from each side, L.Verdon came through for Les Yables as did E.Girouard for the LG HC.
(2)Les Yables vs LG HC(3)
(5)LG HC vs Les Yables(5) S.O
Degenerates recover after slow start
Clearly, it wasn’t a pleasant sight for the Degenerates early on giving up three straight goals just shy of the eight minute mark of the period. But fortunately enough, they pulled out the stops and settled for a tie. Both goaltenders stood tall during the breakaways with J.Atch stopping all three shooters for the Degenerates as did his counter part R.Ceneston for the Prolific Athletes. Usually teams feed off their momentum after finishing strong like the Degenerates did. And that was exactly the case in the second encounter as they struck twice by the seven minute mark of the opening period. First, S.Fabrici launched his canon of a slap shot which was eventually followed by a tricky wrist shot from J.Melo for the 2-0 lead. The Prolific Athletes did finally get on board when Sonny-Anthony Longo got to J.Atch. Despite cutting the lead in half, the Prolific Athletes couldn’t get that much needed equaliser. The Degenerates made sure to tighten up their game while relying on J.Atch to take care of his cage. L.Bavellas added an insurance marker for good measure making sure the game was over and done with.
(3)Prolific Athletes vs Degenerates(3) S.O
(3)Degenerates vs Prolific Athletes(1)
Classics miss out on splitting with ice Breakers
Unhappy with the way things ended in their first match, the Classics had a great chance of redeeming themselves in the second game. They managed to grab the lead and benefit on two straight power play goals by the second period. M.Destounis participated in all three markers and the Classics appeared to resolve a poor finish from their earlier loss. Add to the fact that it’s a strength to their team when protecting a lead, especially with the amount of experience they have. However, that didn’t stop the Ice Breakers from breathing down their necks. It took less than a minute for a sinking ship to get back on itself. M.Boghossian cut the lead to one and M.Thakaa followed up only moments later to even the score. From there, neither side was able to get it done in regulation time leaving all but a shootout to decide matters. Unfortunately for both sides, the goaltenders stood in the way denying two of three shot attempts.
(5)Ice Breakers vs The Classics(4)
(4)The Classics vs Ice Breakers(4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. When C.Gingras is at his best, there is little any opposing team can do to stop him. After collecting a pair of points in an earlier draw with the 1 Timer, C.Gingras went on tear in the second game, notching four goals and two assists for a 6-4 victory.
Friday February 21
(5)Bramabulls vs Brewers(8)
Bramabulls at a lose to blowing a 4-1 lead
G.Vouloumanos and the Brewers put together a dramatic comeback versus the Bramabulls on Friday night. It was just a humiliating night for the Bramabulls, who once led 4-1 after the first period of play. Maybe they got a little carried away from their game plan or simply lost their composure. Or maybe the Brewers decided to wake up and take matters into their own hands. Regardless the reasons, the Brewers had a remarkable run bagging seven of their eight goals in the second half of the game. During that span, G.Vouloumanos was a wrecking machine posting four markers while his captain A.Lanni chipped in with a pair. P.Kallianiotis, a defenseman known more for his defensive attributes had plenty to offer by setting up five tallies.
(5)Pylons vs Templars(7)
Pylons fall flat in third period
Its going to be a long road for the Pylons unless they find a way to grind out those tough games against difficult opponents. The Pylons came from behind to overcome a 3-0 deficit but ultimately fell to the Templars by the third period. It was clear that the Pylons didn’t put up a 45 minute effort, and in doing so, they paid the price. And it isn’t to suggest that they would have prevailed , but they should at the very least kept it closer. The Templars will also look back at some of their own woes as the game went on. However, like good teams tend to, they’ll find ways to win hockey games. There best moments came at the right time where they sparked four consecutive goals in only four minutes. Three of those tallies belonged to C.Palermo, who single handily caused fits for the Pylons defense. Prior to Palermo’s third period madness, A.Bonvino propelled a good start for the Templars by riffling two markers and an assist.
(1)National vs HBHA Seniors(2)
National, HBHA Seniors leave little room in tight checking battle
As perhaps expected, neither team had much room out there. Both sides knew it was going to be close for how badly they wanted to prove to one another who is the better of the two sides. With the first goal so important, M.Argiris was able to celebrate it when the HBHA Seniors were awarded a power play. They then made it 2-0 by the four minute mark of the third period courtesy of G.Vouloumanos. Its usually unlikely that any team will shut out an offense force like National. In tonight’s case, E.Parent and the HBHA Seniors were only 34 seconds away from achieving it. And while he was a big reason why his club prevailed, Parent will gladly take this win despite allowing the late marker.
(7)Devil Dawgz vs Chiefs(4)
Slow lift off hurts Chiefs
Plenty of work remains for the Chiefs as they try to claw into a playoff picture. If they continue to start their games like in tonight’s case, they might as well watch from the side lines. The Devil Dawgz came ready to play and it showed by the time the first period ended running up the score to 4-1.Yes, the Chiefs were much better from that point on and actually pulled themselves within one when D.Bellitto found enough space to beat M.Trivisonno. But sometimes momentum can be a funny thing, and just when the Chiefs thought they had some, D.DaSilva was able to cut it. D.DaSilva made an immediate impact in his first game for the Devil Dawgz by netting a hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Palermo of the Templars. His three goals came at a key time during the contest. In only four minutes, C.Palermo was masterful ultimately deciding the game for the Templars.
Wednesday February 19
(5)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(4)
G.Valente ,Carnage end Mighty Drunks winning streak
Carnage knew that they would need contributions from everyone in order to defeat the red hot Mighty Drunks. G.Valente was unreal making a lot of big plays that resulted in four points that included a clutch winner late in the game. This contest was only decided towards the end with Carnage striking twice in only 90 seconds. Valente’s winner came on the power play after Y.Dube was caught for a tripping call. As bad as he may have felt, Y.Dube was also a big reason why this game remained close as the forward buried two out of the Mighty Drunks four goals.
(5)Screaming Eagles vs Knights(4)
Screaming Eagles edge out Knights for first win of season
M.Sangiovanni and the Screaming Eagles were determined to not let this one slip away. After falling behind three times, the Screaming Eagles never let up and continued to put the pressure on the Knights. There first lead only occurred as of the five minute mark of the third period when S.Patel snapped a 3-3 tie. It didn’t take long for the F.Bchara to respond with his second for the Knights which levelled the game for a fourth time. The Screaming Eagles played their best hockey of the season in the third period and know that they need to put out a full 45 minute effort in order to get some decent results.
(3)AREZ vs Left Wings(6)
Left Wings pair goals in every frame for double up win over AREZ
The Left Wings certainly didn’t make it easy for the AREZ with their smart style of play on Wednesday night. They jumped on board early with a pair of strong shifts that ended with G.Gaitanis and A.Perrault finding the back of the net. Clearly, that deficit put the AREZ in massive bind having to play with a way shorter bench. They did eventually create some offense when E.Salhany set up all three goals that saw E.El Kareh benefit twice, but the damage had already been done. M.Papagiannakis scored twice in the victory and J.Adamou was credited the winner.
(3)Armadillos vs Fat Roy(5)
Early defensive lapses cost Armadillos vs Fat Roy
Well, that didn’t take long. The Fat Roy made their shots count against the Armadillos scoring five straight times before the two minute mark of the second period. D.Lombardi got things started off for the Fat Roy riffling back to back tallies for a 2-0 lead. For the Armadillos, it was as bad as it gets for a team that prides themselves defensively. They gave up the ball too many times, and in doing so saw their goalie out to dry. Credit to Fat Roy, who came wave after wave wreaking havoc with their speed which resulted in five quick goals. The Armadillos did show some push back after an embarrassing start. The games next three tallies did belong to them but couldn’t reach their destination in time.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gianluca Valente of Carnage. The forward was dynamic on this night, delivering a four point performance that included a huge power play goal to decide the outcome late in the game.
Thursday February 20
(3)Buckshots vs Fitforce Phoenix(6)
Buckshots finally understand what it feels like to lose
The Buckshots came back to earth on Thursday night. The hottest team of the E division rolled into tracking down another massive winning streak, but the desperate Fitforce Phoenix were having none of it. So, rather than the joy of five, the Buckshots suffered the agony of defeat. It became evident fairly early that the Fitforce Phoenix were the more urgent of the two teams. They ran up the score in the first period to 3-0, and never fell behind despite a push back from the Buckshots. The win came courtesy of an overall team effort with six different players finding the back of the net. A.Sayed was credited the winner, and M.St-Laurent was sharp limiting a power house offense to only three goals.
(6)Toyota Candiac vs Fatal Demons(2)
Fatal Demons couldn’t break the Toyota Candiac trap
After falling behind early versus a depleted line up, the Fatal Demons were stuck going up against a masterful trap by the Toyota Candiac. One of the major key factors in tonight’s game was to score first. Teams play different with the lead and when they have to chase the game. This was an ideal situation for a team that had only one change up to their bench. The Toyota Candiac had the luxury to go into lock down mode which clearly frustrated their opponent. The Fatal Demons barely had an inch to generate quality chances, something that P.Assadi was glad to see in front of him. P.Corbin, M.Croteau and R.Fortin-Lamothe did all of the scoring as the three players shared two goals apiece. On the flip side of the court, A.Zarzour was the only player to beat P.Assadi ,who was stellar between the pipes despite facing only 14 shots.
(10)Horsemen vs Underdogs(0)
Underdogs stuck facing the inevitable
It was a strong and decent first period for the Underdogs, but how long could it have lasted having barely any players to change with. The answer to that came as early as the second period. The Horsemen found their touch, and in doing so went on a rampage igniting five goals in only five minutes. That short sequence was all it took for this match to be decided. The Underdogs were stuck enduring an inevitable defeat unable to really generate much. E.Caccavale scored once in every frame to earn a hat trick while S.Giannakis, M.Kardum and P.Sidhom each chipped in with a pair. Even though he didn’t score out of his clubs ten goals, V.Pandza helped set up half of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin St-Laurent of the Fitforce Phoenix. Many things need to go right in order to defeat the Buckshots, especially goaltending. M.St-Laurent was a major reason why his club prevailed in the end, making enough brilliant saves that enabled his team to play with the lead.
Tuesday February 18
(4)Black Knights vs GK(0)
F.Gagnon superb in Black Knights shutout victory
The biggest rival in ball hockey took place on Tuesday night with the Black Knights winning 4-0 shutting down the high powered offensive machine of the GK. In an encounter that was supposed to be about the attacking flair of the GK side overwhelming the defensive core of the Black Knights, it was in fact F.Gagnon the difference maker. It says something when your net minder earns a clean sheet against a high octane offense. However, the Black Knights knew that it would take more than goaltending in order to keep the GK at bay. With both teams playing extremely well on the defensive side of the ball, it was only a matter of time before an opportunity would end up in one of the two nets. Unfortunately for the GK, it wound up being their net and the Black Knights were able to take a 1-0 lead thanks to M.Cerrone. The next goal proved to be crucial with J-P Moquin doubling the lead. Still, time wasn’t a factor just yet and the GK upped the pressure late in the game in hopes of a response. However , the Black Knights did an excellent job closing down the passing lanes and eventually iced the game on a pair of empty net goals. J-F DiIorio and M.Dettore each fed the yawning cage and F.Gagnon turned aside 15 shots to earn a shutout. In addition to F.Gagnon ‘s brilliant performance between the pipes, J.Lulic was a force on defense, controlling much of the play while breaking them up at the same time. The last time these two rivals met was in the summer season 2019 final where the Black Knights won the best of three series two games to one crowning them provincial champions that gave them a spot at the 2020 National championship in August in Calgary Alberta. The other spot belongs to the GK, who won the National championship last July 2019 over the Black Knights in the final.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. It didn’t matter what the GK threw at F.Gagnon on Tuesday night. The net minder was outstanding turning aside every shot he faced in order to earn a shutout.
Monday February 17
M.Thakaa’s late marker settles the score for the Ice Breakers
The Ice Breakers needed M.Thaka’s goal with two minutes remaining in the second game to level the mini series with the Excalibur. After dropping their earlier game, the Ice Breakers found their scoring touch winning a wild second period that barley edged out their opponent. Four different players chipped in with goals while S.Ruggiero scored twice in the loss as part of a three goal night. S.Sauk faced 13 shots in the opening contest allowing only A.Tachejian to get the better of him. Throughout the first three periods, the Excalibur played sound defensively conceding only two tallies. It was by the final frame where they side tracked from their game plan enabling the Ice Breakers to break through and erupt with three goals.
(4)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers(1)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur(3)
Orient surge with authority after dropping first game versus Yables
Clearly ,the Orient were dialled up after a disappointing loss to Les Yables. Actually, so dialled up that Les Yables had no clue what hit them. The Orient responded in a massive way netting five first period markers to take immediate control of the match. It showed from the start that they meant business. M.Morin hit it off early while setting up two goals, and A.Farha was the mastermind behind setting up three tallies that saw F.Nasser benefit twice. The first encounter had a different story line with Les Yables limiting the Orient’s scoring chances. J-F Simard stopped 17 of 18 shots and D.Marcotte snapped a 1-1 second period tie on a tally that held up for the winner.
(3)Les Yables vs Orient(1)
(5)Orient vs Les Yables(3)
Classics shake off some rust heading into second encounter
The Classics timing was off on Monday night, at least in the first period where they looked sluggish falling behind by two goals. However, credit must be given to Les Immigrant, and especially C.Khesiafy who notched both tallies with feeds coming from A.Addante. Although the Classics fought back to cut the lead in half, it just wasn’t enough as they kept hitting a wall in M.Chamoun. The second contest saw a very different Classics team in their approach. By shaking off their rust, the Classics had new life and it showed right away when M.Destounis struck only a minute into the game. The expectations from the Classis were nothing less than a positive result. After grabbing a 3-2 lead heading into the final stretch, A.Zarzour still had plenty in the tank posting his second goal and third point of the match. Then, just to put the cherry on top, P.Gervasi made a brilliant move to flip the ball over the defensemen’s stick before finishing it off on a wicked wrist shot. That was the veteran defensemen’s third point as well.
(3)Les Immigrant vs The Classics(1)
(5)The Classics vs Les Immigrant(2)
1 Timer, content with split versus LG HC
The 1 Timer did exactly what they set out to do by splitting their night with the LG HC. M.Carpentier set the tone with two first period goals, and P-A Surprenant had a dominant second frame striking once while setting up T.Daigneault for the winner. Naturally, the 1 Timer had it in mind to duplicate their efforts in the ensuing match. However, a team like the LG HC will often regroup and adjust when things don’t go there way. Proof of that came as early as the first seven minute where they stormed out with three straight markers. Leading the charge was J.Rochon, who netted back to back tallies and E.Girouard, who helped set up all three goals. The 1 Timer knew it was going to be tough but still managed to put up a good challenge. Both their tallies came on the special teams with T.Daigneault scoring shorthanded and K.Boucher riffling a power play goal.
(4)1 Timer vs LG HC(3)
(4)LG HC vs 1 timer(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christopher Khesiafy of the Immigrant. Out of his clubs five goals, Khesiafy bagged four of them, and was an instrumental piece to the puzzle why Les Immigrant were able to take down the Classics in one of their two games.
Thursday February 13
(6)Brewers vs Chiefs(11)
Chiefs overcome slow start in important win versus Brewers
The first ten minute Chiefs looked like a team that had nothing to play for as the Brewers stormed out of the gate bagging three straight goals. Despite their slow start however, sometimes a team just needs a kick start to get things going. Once D.Bellito struck to get the Chiefs on board, the snow ball effect was in motion. The Chiefs couldn’t have played a better second period than the way they did on this night. They notched five unanswered goals with scoring efforts coming from different players, and looked like a team that couldn’t be stopped for how well they moved the ball. This result came as a good character victory for a team still in search of their first win of the season, and what better way than to do it by overcoming a 3-0 deficit. A.Zarzour was simply masterful collecting six points that included a hat trick.
Friday February 14
(2)Devil Dawgz vs National(10)
National get the ball rolling early, netting 4 in the first period alone
National wasted no time taking a hefty lead in Friday nights contest against the Devil Dawgz, potting four goals in the first period alone. But they didn’t stop there adding two more by the second before running away with it in the third. It was their captain that got things started. After setting up O.Meilleur only three minutes in, M.Pinheiro buried two in a row extending the lead by three in no time. The Devil Dawgz couldn’t have asked for a worse case scenario. With only three changes to their bench, the game plan was thrown out the window as they were stuck playing from a deep deficit rather than keeping it close for as long as possible.
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors(4)
Family, not making it easy for anyone they meet
The belief here is that the HBHA Seniors are better than pretty much most teams of the two divisions. But judging from tonight’s match up between the Family and the HBHA Seniors, the gap between these two teams was miniscule. It was definitely another solid effort from the Family. After finding themselves down 2-0 heading into the third period, M.Braun and L.Cannistrano capitalised in less than two minutes to draw even. However, the HBHA Seniors were able to respond only minutes later when M.Destounis snapped the tie. P.Doulis would add an insurance marker and the HBHA Seniors needed a full 45 minute effort in order to defeat a team they thought would have been easy.
(3)Bramabulls vs Pylons(5)
Third period power play goals propel Pylons past Bramabulls
Sometimes you just need to click on your special teams in order o get things done. The Pylons did just that in the third period where they notched two power play goals after the two sides played to a deadlock tie. Naturally ,T.Settino would have his hand in it, snapping the 2-2 tie early in the frame. It took only a minute and change from that point on for Settino to complete his hat trick. The Bramabulls fell behind twice but managed to respond both times before hitting penalty problems. S.Ruggiero must have taken nearly 30 shot attempts throughout the entire contest for the Bramabulls that had one find its way past O.Caillet. If not for the Pylons goaltending, this game would have belonged to the Bramabulls. O.Caillet was sharp and busy making plenty of saves to keep the game close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Pylons. Clearly, the net minder was a big reason why the Pylons edged out the Bramabulls. Caillet was very busy but barley flinched enabling the Pylons to play with the lead for most of the night.
Wednesday February 12
(4)Bad Habits vs Mighty Drunks(9)
High quality effort keeps Mighty Drunks going strong
The Mighty Drunks continued their winning streak on Wednesday night by handing the Bad Habits a 9-4 loss. The one area that’s helped the Mighty Drunks success so far this season is their ability to score goals. They’ve already reached 38 goals for in only four games while conceding only twelve. Remarkably, they did it without a pair of key guns out of their line up. Instead, M.Guibault took the torch and was absolutely dynamite riffling four markers and three assists. For two straight periods, the Bad Habits weren’t out of it trailing only 5-3. It was only by the third period that the game tilted in one direction.
(3)Fat Roy vs Left Wings(6)
Left wings ride special teams in double up win over Fat Roy
Whether they were a man up or a man down, the Left Wings scored in every possible way .Two of their six goals came with the man advantage while their most important one perhaps came with a man short. F.Bolduc used a second period shorthanded tally that would eventually stand as the game winner. The fact that the Left Wings special teams were so sharp speaks in many ways why they occupy top seed of the D division. In addition to their overall success, the Left Wings demonstrated that they don’t need to rely on anyone in particular, especially when the scoring came from six different players. A.Perrault and R.Morne, although didn’t find the back of the net, created plenty of offense as both players shared three helpers each.
(4)Knights vs Horsemen(7)
Knights battle back only to fall apart in third period
During an eye opening second period stretch, the Knights put themselves back on track after falling behind 3-1 to the Horsemen. Unfortunately, it was all over shadowed as the Horsemen took over winning a decisive frame. It was clear the Knights weren’t focused heading into the third period, especially by not paying attention to some key players. The Horsemen saw their top guns continue their offensive onslaught after going dry in the second period. P.Sidhom was lights out bagging four goals, M.Kardum chipped in with a pair, and A.Gerontzos along with his captain V.Pandza contributed collecting three points each.
(2)Fitforce Phoenix vs AREZ(3) O.T
E.Salhany scores in overtime for AREZ’s first lead of the game
The Fitforce Phoenix had a promising start to the night when A.Saleh scored shorthanded. However, C.Kheriaty did tie things up only minutes later. The second period saw both teams continue a tight checking game with neither side able to snap the tie. Eventually, something was to give and that’s when Ali Khanafer regained the lead for the Fitforce Phoenix courtesy of a power ply goal. Even though it was only a slight lead, the Fitforce Phoenix figured the three points to the standings were likely for how well they defended and for how good M.St-Laurnet was performing in net. But for a second straight time, the AREZ showed their resilience and benefited when E.El-Kareh evened the score. From there, both sides went the extra distance where the game was ultimately decided in overtime. The Fitforce Phoenix weren’t able to contain one area of their game, and that was their discipline. After taking their fifth penalty, the inevitable happened when E.Salhany struck in overtime for AREZ.
(9)Buckshots vs Underdogs(1)
Buckshots law down the hammer for a forth straight win
The Buckshots put forth another convincing win on Wednesday night. This time, the Underdogs fell victims going up against a team rolling on all cylinders. N.Kokovidis paced the Buckshots offensive charge by setting up his clubs first three goals of the game. Naturally, the Buckshots would get balanced scoring from all their top players. A.Kounadis and M.Destounis each scored twice and G.Follano allowed his only tally early in the third period where O.Bourgeois scored shorthanded .Most of the damage was caused in the second period alone where the Buckshots ignited five unanswered goals to put the game out of reach.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Sidhom of the Horsemen. There was no doubt the Horsemen’s forward was unstoppable on Wednesday night. With the game deadlocked after two periods, Sidhom was just getting started finishing off an impressive night with fours goals and two assists.
Thursday February 12
(6)Carnage vs Bulldogs(7)
Bulldogs overcome slow start to edge out Carnage
It wasn’t the start the Bulldogs hoped for but they still managed to escape the opening frame up 3-2. G.Valente put Carnage in front twice during that stretch before X.Clement had the final saw to put the Bulldogs in front 3-2.It was clear from that point on the Bulldogs found their game as they never faltered their lead. However, that didn’t stop Carnage from pulling themselves within one after falling behind on two occasions by a pair of goals. J.DeMarco showcased his hard work in the third period for Carnage by netting two markers to make things very interesting with less than 30 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, time wasn’t a luxury they had despite nearly scoring after a lose scramble in front of the Bulldogs net. J.Pace’s third period tally for the Bulldogs held up for the winner. In addition to that important goal, M.Turgeon helped lead the way by scoring twice while providing a helper.
(8)Armadillos vs Bramabulls(6)
Furious third period comeback falls short for Bramabulls
The Bramabulls chipped a seven goal deficit to only two goals, but the Armadillos were able to hold back the rally and hang on to an 8-6 victory. For two straight periods, it was all Armadillos as their confidence kept building on. They trusted their game plan and executed it perfectly that saw eight different players take turns finding the back of the net. The lead was so lopsided after two periods that this game seemingly was headed for a ten goal mercy. However, the Bramabulls didn’t panic and methodically trimmed the lead to only two goals before it was said and done. The comeback effort was led by J.Mandracchia, who seems to get better as the games go on. The forward went on another third period tear where he struck three times for a hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Turgeon of the Bulldogs. In what was a wild game versus Carnage, Turgeon was vital for the win posting two key goals and an assist.
Tuesday February 11
(9)GK vs Punishers(2)
GK shine again in lopsided victory
Right out of the gate, it was the GK in control of the game with the strong play of their top players putting the Punishers immediately on its heels. The early pressure forced the Punishers to find solutions but they quickly realized there weren't any answers. It wasn't like they could have focused on a threatening player or two as four different GK players scored before the period ended. You never want to fall in a deep hole that early on in a game, let alone versus the GK. Eventually, the Punishers did get on board striking twice in the second period, but were no where close to making a game of it. The GK simply controlled the pace riding a comfortable lead while using the clock in their advantage. M-A Trudeau, Trung Pham and S.Provencal each converted twice on their scoring chances.
(4)Montreal As vs Capitals(0)
M.Patulli hat trick helps lift Montreal As to shutout win over Capitals
M.Patulli's season debut showed a ton of promise for what is to come for the Montreal As rest of the season. The first couple of periods laid the ground work for a tremendous back and forth game which saw J.Richer allow his second goal late in the second period while C.Ratcheff remained flawless denying every shot his way. The Capitals attempted to battle back into the game but were stuck dealing with the same problem throughout the entire night, the inability to penetrate the Montreal As defense along with their last line of defense. While that was a major component for the Montreal As success, M.Patulli would also make himself a big part of the story by netting three out of his clubs four goals.
(6)Black Knights vs Bengals HC(4)
J.Gagne sets the tone early for the Black Knights
J.Gagne needed less than twelve minutes into the first period to record three points that included a pair of goals. The Black Knights were off to another great start to their night. By grabbing their 3-0 lead, the Bengals HC had to re construct their game plan if they hoped to remain competitive. But sometimes momentum can be a funny thing, and just when the Black Knights thought they seized control of the game, the Bengals HC would surge to narrow the margin by one. Down only 4-3 heading into the final frame, the Bengals HC did everything possible to try and level. Unfortunately, they couldn't catch that one single break that would have caused fits for the Black Knights. Instead, J.Uppal increased the lead by two and J.Gagne would eventually complete his hat trick to secure the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Patulli of the Montreal As. He entered the Montreal As line up on Tuesday night and dominated the Capitals by collecting a hat trick.
Thursday February 13
(2)Montreal Machine vs Slayers(1)
Late goals lift Montreal Machine over Slayers
Two goals in the final six minutes gave the Montreal Machine a slight 2-1 victory over the Slayers on Thursday night. The game was scoreless for nearly three full periods before a barrage of goals resulted in the Montreal Machines favour. First, M.Argiris ended the drought which was later followed by J.Morina netting what stood out to be the winner. Both teams defense and goaltenders played incredibly well as they continually denied any goals for most of the night. S.Patel, although thrilled for the victory would have preferred to make that one extra save to earn a shutout . On the flip side, R.Pampena was equally stellar facing over 20 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Patel of the Montreal Machine. So close to earning a shutout, S.Patel can take pride knowing he was the difference maker keeping a clean score sheet up until the final moments of the game
Monday February 10
1 Timer respond after disappointing loss to Les Yables
It was a dream start for the 1 Timer, who scored twice in the first two minutes of the game. And before they could have run away with things, Les Yables knocked on their door responding with a huge power play goal to cut the lead in half. A.Dorais quickly followed to level, and L.Verdon was able to complete the comeback with just under four minutes remaining in the game. The 1 Timer were clearly unhappy with the ways things turned out in the end. Luckily enough, they had a second shot at evening the score and managed to pull through taking the second contest .Certainly the goals and the offense were nice, but it was much about the competiveness and the urgency that propelled them to even the score. T.Daigneault was playing with plenty of energy producing two goals and an assist while Y.Bernier was credited the winner after breaking a late 3-3 tie.
(2)1 Timer vs Les Yables(3)
(3)Les Yables vs 1 Timer(5)
Degenerates having issues in lopsided losses to Classics
They were stripped down, short and really awful. If there is one night in the regular season that the Degenerates will need to forget , this was it. Now, its not to take away what the Classics did on their end as they clearly deserved what they got. From the get go, they struck early and often in both games which enabled them to play the way they wanted. The Degenerates came out flat and never really challenged hard enough to make a game of it. After taking the earlier contest 3-1, the second one was no where close to being a hockey game. J.Courteau found his sweet spot burying three goals while the rest of his teammates contributed in in one way or another. It was also clear that R.Ranieri was up for the challenge as the net minder kept getting stronger throughout the entire night allowing only one goal in both games.
(1)Degenerates vs The Classics(3)
(7)The Classics vs Degenerates(0)
Orient, only themselves to blame in split with Punishers
One can argue that the Punishers deserve praise for overcoming a two goal deficit late in the second encounter after dropping the first match 5-2. But the truth is simply that the Orient did it to themselves. For nearly the entire two games, the men in green were fierce and hungry wanting to prove that they can compete and defeat an established hockey club like the Punishers. However, unless you remain focused and don’t let your guard down, things can turn in a hurry. That’s what happened when they saw a 4-2 lead disappear faster than a twinkie at a weight watchers meeting. The Punishers used three late goals to top the Orient for some highway robbery points to the standings. The comeback effort was led by Y.Gazuri, who pulled his team within one, and by A.Kobayati, who used some late magic by not only tying the game, but by winning it on a late game winning tally.
(2)Punishers vs Orient(5)
(4)Orient vs Punishers(5)
Prolific Athletes relieved to finally get in the win column
The Prolific Athletes put an end to a miserable start to their season by collecting a pair of wins over the Ice breakers on Monday night. They were finally able to enjoy the benefit of having a full roster which clearly helped make the entire difference. The first encounter had everyone buy in as five different players took turns finding the back of the net. And although he didn’t score, J-P Sauve was largely responsible for setting up four teammates. R.Ceneston was only two minutes and change from earning a shutout but the net minder wasn’t too concerned on that detail with so much more on the line. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Ice Breakers made it a point to perform better in the second game. They did manage a 3-2 lead after one period and looked poised for a solid finish to try and even the score. Then, and in the matter of three minutes, the Prolific Athletes tilted the court when J-P Sauve and R.Demosllhene each scored to grab the lead. Both these wins came after the Prolific Athletes dropped their first eight games of the season. Despite their slow start, half a season still remains for a team that looks like they’ll challenge for a playoff spot.
(5)Prolific Athletes vs Ice Breakers(1)
(3)Ice Breakers vs Prolific Athletes(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-P Sauve of the Prolific Athletes. With his team desperate to try and end an eight game losing skit, J-P Sauve came through in a large way collecting five points in both wins versus the Ice Breakers.
Friday February 7
(2)Brewers vs The Family(8)
M-A Daaha, The Family getting the attention they deserve
It looks as though the Family have finally found what they’ve been looking for. And yes, its only two straight games, but the Family have made believers out of a lot of cynics after a convincing 8-2 win over the Brewers. They really found a way to build themselves and find their identity. M-A Daaha keeps proving that he is a gamer and tonight wasn’t any different as the hard nosed forward produced three goals to get the ball rolling. To his help, L.Camistrano contributed in a big way setting up three markers while adding one late in the game. The Brewers perhaps didn’t expect the start they got. They fell behind early and never really recovered as the game progressed. There only bright moments came when their captain A.Lanni sparked both goals for his club.
(4)Pylons vs National(5) O.T
M.Pinheiro seizes the moment netting OT winner
They weren’t many but enough to grab a pair of points over the Pylons. National managed to prevail rotating one change to their bench in a game that could have easily gone either way. Granted, the Pylons weren’t many either but did have a couple of more bodies for some extra breathing room. The end result came due to an unfortunate set of circumstances. On what seemed like an innocent play turned into a grave situation for the Pylons. A.Fonrose took an unfortunate four minute minor with only two minutes left in the game. Clearly, that spelled disaster for the Pylons who knew the odds were stacked against them for how well National moves the ball. That being said, they managed to kill off three out of the four minutes before M.Pinheiro tapped in the winner. Despite their short bench, M.Pinheiro and S.Laplante put together an incredible performance as both players did all of the scoring while combining for eight points.
(4)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(9)
Sluggish Chiefs pay the price vs Bramabulls
The Chiefs knew going in that it was going to be a tough one versus the Bramabulls. They never grabbed the lead and despite hanging in there for a while, they just couldn’t keep up long enough. The game took its lone path when P.Rivera and J.Lipariti scored only minutes apart. Those two tallies made the score 5-2 in favour of the Bramabulls heading into the final period. It wasn’t an unreasonable margin to overcome but that didn’t matter for a team that appeared to be sluggish for most of the night. S.Koulieris was productive in the loss bagging three out of the four goals from the Chiefs. The Bramabulls had many players chip away with points including P.Bertone, D.Verta, J.Lipartiti and D.Charbonneau that were all able to net a pair.
(4)Templars vs HBHA Seniors(8)
HBHA score early and often in rout of Templars
The Templars pretty much didn’t show up for the first period. For how bad it went, they barely gave themselves a chance to fight back and make a game of it. It didn’t help either when they took a double minor that resulted in two power play goals by the HBHA Seniors. It was apparent by then that this game didn’t live up to the hype of a close encounter. The HBHA Seniors appeared poised from the get go and dictated much of the pace building a comfortable 7-1 lead after two periods. M.Pololos was feeling it on this night igniting three goals while S.Govas racked up plenty of points scoring once while setting up five teammates.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. The crafty forward kept being a thorn for the Pylons all game long. With his team trailing twice in the third period, Lapalnte responded twice to even the score while setting up the overtime winning goal.
Wednesday January 6
(1)Underdogs vs Bulldogs(5)
Second period explosion blows Bulldogs by Underdogs
The game started off to a slower pace with neither team making a hard push to take a lead or preserving it long enough. However, that all changed by the second when the Bulldogs erupted with three straight goals. X.Clement got the ball rolling early in the frame notching back to back tallies right before F.Groulx riffled his first of two in the match. After netting their lone goal in the opening frame, the Underdogs failed to spark any offense the rest of the way. S.Leblanc wasn’t overly busy but did more than enough to record the win in net.
(7)Bramabulls vs Fat Roy(6)
Crazy third period ends with Bulls edging out Fat Roy
What felt like two normal periods resembled nothing for how the third period was played. Fat Roy entered the final stretch up 3-2 before the roller coaster ride occurred. The Bramabulls threw everything they could toward the net and benefited on three consecutive goals. With less than six minutes remaining, both sides played to some more drama combining for five goals that saw Y.Derohannessian cap off an incredible wild finish by netting his second just prior to the horn sounding. Unfortunately for Fat Roy, that’s sometimes how the game goes. It never looks good when a team gives up that many in only one period. Six different players tallied in the loss while J.Mandracchia was once again a big part of the Bramabulls offense posting a hat trick.
(1)Fitforce Phoenix vs Buckshots(8)
Buckshots keep cruising along
From the start and all the way to the finish, the Buckshots were in fine form cruising to an easy win over the Fitforce Phoenix. The defense was solid, S.Morante wasn’t too busy allowing only one goal and the offense was pretty much spread out that had only E.Mavroudis score twice. The Buckshots built a 5-0 lead in the second before giving up their lone tally of the night. Although he didn’t score, N.Kokovidis attributed to the offence by setting up half of his teams goals.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Toyota Candiac(3)
C.Fragkiudakis’s third period goal snaps late 3-3 tie for Fatal Demons
C.Fragkiudakis found the right time to come through and ultimately decide the game between the Fatal Demons and the Toyota Candiac. Two minutes was all that was left over when Fragkiudakis picked his spot to snap a late 3-3 tie. The Fatal Demons had the luxury to never chase the game despite being responded on two occasions. They could have made life easier if they didn’t give up a shorthanded goal late in the second period. P.Corbin tied the game with the man short heading into the final period but the Fatal Demons were able to recuperate by netting a huge power play marker by G.DeMarinis.
(9)Armadillos vs AREZ(2)
Two shorthanded goals devastate AREZ in lopsided affair
Shorthanded goals are always a bonus in hockey. And on Wednesday night, the Armadillos two shorty’s aptly demonstrated the strength of their penalty kill. When the Armadillos were called for a roughing call, they lead only by one. By the time their penalised player left the box, the game was firmly in the Armadillos hands. The AREZ knew they had a difficult challenge ahead of them prior to the game. And in order to have any sort of chance, many things need to fall into place. Unfortunately, they didn’t give themselves much of a chance after that short sequence where they gave up two power play goals in only 30 seconds. From there, the Armadillos kept getting stronger and ran up the score to put the game away. P.Legatos was the only player to score twice by opening and closing off the scoring.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of the Bramabulls. In what was a wild game between his club and Fat Roy, Y.Derohannessian sparked his bench by bagging a buzzer beater as part of a fourth point night.
Thursday February 6
(3)Knights vs Mighty Drunks(6)
Mighty Drunks pull away on three late goals
Despite playing with a depleted line up, the Knights responded with one of their better efforts so far this season. Throughout most of the night, every player stepped up and were more engaged embracing the challenge rather than avoiding it. Yes, the Knights would have preferred a better result knowing that they had a fifty fifty shot at it with only a few minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, time went against them and the Mighty Drunks escaped with the win thanks to S.Laplante’s two quick goals in only twenty seconds. The Knights never gave up showing resilience to overcome a 3-1 deficit with the help of S.Kalaydian’s pair of tallies.
(9)Horsemen vs Bad Habits(2)
V.Pandza and M.Kardum combine for 11 points in Horsemen win over Bad Habits
A great start and a strong finish propelled the Horsemen to a convincing win over the Bad Habits on Thursday night. The Bad Habits were unable to contain the Horsemen’s high scoring duo of V.Pandza and M.Kardum as both players combined for eight points in that period alone. M.Kardum reached his hat trick by the eleven minute mark of the opening frame while V.Pandza scored twice for the 5-0 lead. Starting games when falling behind that early wont help anyone, especially for a team in search of their identity.
(9)Left Wings vs Screaming Eagles(3)
Left Wings jump to early lead , roll to win
S Anthony Longo notched two goals and an assist in the first ten minutes and the Left Wings took charge of the night handing the Screaming Eagles a thumping loss. That was Longo’s two of three goals in the contest. At no point were the Screaming Eagles able to turn it up. The early damage set them too back as they couldn’t really bounce back into the game. Offense also came from J.Argyropoulos, who notched a pair and L.Bavellas that was able to set up six tallies. After dropping their first match by a landslide, the Left Wings have really come together since by collecting their third straight win. However, the same cant be said for the Screaming Eagles, who have yet to hit the win column after three games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Anthony Longo of the Left Wings. In the first ten minutes, S.Anthony Longo was all over the court producing two goals and an assist that helped set the tone for the Left Wings win over the Screaming Eagles.
Tuesday February 4
(9)GK vs Slayers(3)
GK Unload with 6 goals before mid way point of game
The Slayers must have discussed how they wanted to play and shine against a team that is a perfect measuring stick. Instead, they were outplayed and outmatched throughout most of the night. Clearly, they didn’t respond well , and in consequence were stuck digging themselves in every deep hole. The GK had scored six times before the mid way point of the game while not conceding a goal. Eventually, the Slayers would click and get on board thanks to M.Dettorre’s back to back tallies. Although the victory wasn’t relied on anyone in particular, Y.Labonte did stand out the most for the GK by riding a hat trick. As bad as the loss was for the Slayers, P.Kotsornithis will need to put this one aside quickly and focus only on how to be better for the upcoming game.
(5)Black Knights vs Punishers(3)
Black Knights start strong and don’t look back vs Punishers
The Black Knights came out of the starting gate firing and roared past the Punishers with a pair of strong periods. They out scored them 4-0 and didn’t allow their first tally until the late stages of the second period. Once the Black Knights built a 2-0 lead with the kind of strong defense that they were dealing out on Tuesday night, it was going to be awfully difficult to beat them. The Punishers knew this but still pushed the pace to get themselves on board. B.Daniele had a multi goal performance and J-F DiIorio was credited the winner . This is the second time the Punishers had to endure a difficult and slow start to their night. J.Fidrilis will make it a point to get his troops ready in his next game but it wont get any easier as they have the GK in front of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Vermette of the Black knights. Throughout nearly two full periods, Vermette stood his ground in net enabling the Black Knights to play in front and never look back.
Monday February 3
Degenerates overcome two goal deficit to stun Immigrant
Down 4-2 with only half a period remaining, the Degenerates demonstrated character and resilience to erase a two goal deficit and score three consecutive goals to stun Les Immigrant. After A.Lanni and S.Marricco scored to pull even, the dynamic duo had one more go at it with Lanni finishing it off leaving only 3 seconds on the clock. Both sides played to an earlier 4-4 draw with S.Marricco scoring twice for the Degenerates and A.Addante doing the same for Les Immigrant. At no point did the Degenerates ever lead in the second contest, expect till the very end when A.Lanni swept a rebound that came from S.Marricco ‘s second wrist shot on M.Chamoun.
(4)Degenerates vs Les Immigrant(4) S.O
(4)Les Immigrant vs Degenerates(5)
Punishers score in bunches of final frame to pull away from LG HC
The Punishers did all of their damage against the LG HC in a quick burst. So quick that they couldn’t grasp what had just happened to them. For most of the night, both sides seemed evenly matched with the Punishers taking a 6-5shootout win. Then, the Punishers re-established themselves and the flood gates eventually opened. After grabbing a 3-1 lead heading into the final period ,the Punishers had just gotten started adding four straight goals in a short span of only four minutes. C.Gingras decided to take over accumulating his sixth point in that single game after collecting three helpers and a shootout marker earlier on. A.Kobayati had a good game as well netting a hat trick. As for the LG HC, Y.Derohannessian was masterful in the opening match striking three times while adding a shootout goal.
(6)Punishers vs LG HC(5) S.O
(1)LG HC vs Punishers(7)
S.Sauk shines as Excalibur suffocate Prolific athletes offense
The Excalibur went back to the drawing board this week by playing a tight defensive game while patiently waiting for their chances. There was no doubt that A.Fonrose was one the Excalibur’s better players in the first match. The feisty forward participated in all three goals to help lead the Excalibur to a 3-1 victory. The second contest required balance scoring but that did not change the formula for a second straight result. Again, S.Sauk was solid in net and the Prolific Athletes struggled to score getting only two all night on the veteran net minder. Both games were ultimately decided in the second frames where the Excalibur scored six out of their seven goals.
(3)Excalibur vs Prolific Athletes(1)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs Excalibur(4)
The Classics letting it slip way versus the Ice Breakers
In both their games, the Classics left the field feeling they could have done much better. After opening a 5-2 lead, they let it slip away surrendering four goals that had the match end in a draw. The Ice Breakers fuelled their comeback thanks to A.Tachejian and M.Thakaa bagging a pair. The Classics knew that they couldn’t just have a good effort and be satisfied with it for about half the game. They weren’t able to continue their pressure and put the match away, instead, they were stuck enduring a massive push back from their opponent. The good news was that they had a second chance to regulate a poor finish. However, the Ice Breakers weren’t planning to repeat the same mistake by starting off slow. This time, they grabbed the lead an put the pressure on the Classics. P.Santullo eventually tied things up but found himself taking an untimely penalty with only three minutes left in the game. Clearly, that spelled trouble for the veteran club, who once again saw the game slip away. After receiving a perfect pass from R.Yousefi in the higher slot area, A.Tachejian leaned into his one timer on a shot that gave P.Assadi no chance to react. That goal put the final dagger on a night to forget for the Classics.
(7)The Classics vs Ice Breakers(7) S.O
(2)Ice Breakers vs The Classics(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. The highly skilled forward lit up the LG HC with a remarkable nine points that included a shootout marker. Normally teammates would be blown away by such a performance, but not the Punishers who have gotten used to seeing this on a regular basis.
Tuesday February 4
M.Morin sets the tone posting hat trick for Orient
Considering how close the second encounter was between the 1 Timer and the Orient there wasn’t much of a contest in the first match. That was when M.Morin took matters into his own hands participating in all four goals that included a hat trick. The 1 Timer had all but a very short sequence all night where they looked very competitive. After trailing 3-0 in the second match, P-A Surprenant was the catalyst behind sending the game into a shootout. The sniper scored twice while setting up C.Ethier-Gagnon with goals all coming in the last two minutes of the game. The Orient looked good in the earlier encounter due to a couple of key factors. First being M.Morin, who struck shorthanded for the 1-0 lead and M.St-Laurent that was able to stop every ball his way for the shutout.
(0)Timer vs Orient(4)
(5)Orient vs 1 Timer(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Morin of the Orient. The forward pretty much stole the show by netting a shorthanded marker and a shootout goal as part of a three goal and two assist performance.
Friday January 31
(3)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers(2) O.T
Devil Dawgz win in overtime after late equaliser
S.Tzintzis’s goal early in overtime sealed the comeback as the Devil Dawgz were able to top the Brewers. The Devil Dawgz tied the game with 30 seconds left in the third on N.Faria’s power play goal. Twice the Devil Dawgz trailed and twice they climbed back to force the extra time. The game was somewhat of a stalemate with both sides leaning on their defensive structure and goaltending. M.Trivisonno and G.Platanitis were both sharp giving their club every chance possible to come out on top. However, it was M.Trivisonno that prevailed over his counter part with both goaltenders facing over 30 shots each.
(5)HBHA Seniors vs Pylons(0)
Nothing working for Pylons in lopsided affair
The Pylons can only hope this is as bad as it gets. Really, how much worse can they play on a night that nothing went right. Granted ,the HBHA Seniors have the artillery and the structure but its still no excuse for the poor play by the Pylons. From the drop of the ball, the HBHA Seniors did pretty much what they wanted controlling loads of ball possession. Eventually, chances would occur and the goals would surely start to pile up. The win came with scoring efforts from five different players that saw N.Kokovidis and P.Lapointe share three points each. Adding to that, it didn’t help that J.Vrettis took care of the cage. Even though the Pylons had limited scoring chances, Vrettis always stood in the way to earn a well deserved shutout.
(5)Templars vs Brmabulls(4)
Templars answer quickly to hang on over Bulls
Just when the Bramabulls dug themselves out, the Templars wasted no time to regain their lead and hang on to a nail biter. C.Moutafis keeps proving that he can score goals and tonight was another example of how vital he his to the Templars. His hat trick came right after S.Ruggiero buried his second in the third period. With still over ten minutes remaining, the Templars had a chance to address their defensive game, something that hasn’t been working for a couple of games. This time they got it right containing a desperate push from the Bramabulls. For the Templars, its about how many they give up and not how many they score.
(4)Chiefs vs The Family(5) O.T
J.Iacampo’s OT winner caps wild comeback for the Family
J.Iacampo scored the game winner in overtime as the Family rallied two goals down in the third to beat the Chiefs on Friday night. Prior to Iacampo’s heroics, the Family will look back at A.Jackson’s shot that sent the match into overtime with only 4 seconds on the clock. The Chiefs couldn’t have asked for a better game playing with barely a change to their bench. They trailed only once early in the contest before grabbing the lead up until the match was decided in overtime. Both sides will take their positives in this particular game. The Family pushed the pace till the very end where they benefited to grab the win while the Chiefs did all they could on a depleted line up that nearly got them to the finish line first.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joe Iacampo of the Family. After getting his club on board to open the scoring, J.Iacampo capped off the night in style by netting a huge sudden death marker.
Wednesday January 29
(7)Knights vs Bulldogs (3)
Knights pull away from Bulldogs in second and never looked back
Heading into the second period of Wednesday night’s action, the Knights trailed the Bulldogs 2-1, and desperately needed a spark. By the end of it, the Knights not only tied the game but had taken the lead and pulled away outscoring the Bulldogs 6-1 in the final two frames. R.Kilgour helped set things in motion by scoring twice in the second period. Anytime the Knights tally this many times, S.Ruggiero usually has plenty to do with it. The sniper was fierce setting up three different teammates before potting a pair for a five point night.
(4)Bramabulls vs Left Wings (5)
Bramabulls drop seesaw battle to Left Wings
A late goal by V.Ladouceur gave the Left Wings a 5-4 victory over their bitter rival on Wednesday night. The Left Wings bounced back from a thoroughly bad stretch when they gave up three straight goals before finally getting their act together in the third period. The Bramabulls looked like the better team for a long while getting consecutive tallies from J.Mandracchia, who once again completed a hat trick. However, the Left Wings showed some resilience, and bounced back shortly after Mandracchia did most of the damage. A.Longo responded only 45 seconds later for the equaliser which eventually led to Ladouceur’s biggest goal of the match.
(3)Carnage vs Horsemen (4)
M.Kardum’s third period goal stands as Horsemen edge Carnage
M.Kardum scored what proved to be the game winner with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The game saw most of the scoring done in the first period alone. Both sides combined for five goals with the Horsemen escaping a wild first period 3-2. Then, and for whatever reason, the offense dried up and the goalies took over keeping the game honest. Eventually something was to give and that’s when B.Sansotta took advantage on an early third period power play goal for Carnage. From there, ten minutes had gone by before M.Kardum came through to decide matters and ultimately provide the victory for the Horsemen.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Fitforce Phoenix (7)
Fitforce Phoenix score early and often in rout of Fatal Demons
The Fitforce Phoenix made the first period count, erupting with four unanswered goals to put an immediate strangle hold on the match. The contagious start had everyone contributing in one way or another. During that time, Hassan Khanafer tallied twice before capping off a productive three goal performance by the third period. Despite their ugly start, the Fatal Demons showed a lot more in the second period striking twice but it was all for nothing as the Fitforce Phoenix finished the frame stronger on two late goals.
(11)Buckshots vs Screaming Eagles (4)
Goals keep coming easy for the Buckshots
The Buckshots have enough goal scorers, plain and simple. Give them the ball, and most of the time they’ll take care of the rest. Their main players are getting better and are nowhere close to slowing down. Tonight’s win featured E.Mavroudis riffling four, K.Kavan posting a hat trick and N.Kokovidis as a defenseman contributing with a pair. The Screaming Eagles clearly had their hands full from the drop of the ball. They surrendered three goals in the first and never really recovered despite igniting some offense in the second where E.Skafidas went on a tear bagging three goals with the help of A.Ponzo feeding him in only a minute and change. Apart from that sequence, the rest of the match belonged to the Buckshots, who have clearly shown they’ll be a hand full for most teams.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marin Kardum of the Horsemen.With the game on the line deadlocked at three goals apiece, M.Kardum avoided overtime by snapping the late tie.
Thursday January 30
(10)Mighty Drunks vs Underdogs(2)
M.Pinheiro racks up 8 points as Mighty Drunks crush Underdogs
The Mighty Drunks forward M.Pinheiro looked like he was in a league of his own on Thursday night against the Underdogs, picking up an impressive eight points that included seven assists. By the time the four minute mark hit of the opening frame, Pinheiro had already three points along side S.Laplante ,who also participated in the action. The Underdogs fell victims to an experienced team with full of talent. S.Charette was the only player with some spark providing both tallies in the loss. S.Laplante eventually collected his hat trick by the eleven minute mark of the second period as part of a six point night. Y.Dube and M.Mogianesi each scored twice and B.Verducci had a fairly easy game stopping 18 of 20 shots.
(6)Armadillos vs Toyota Candiac(1)
Armadillos score 6 straight after trailing early on
The Armadillos are scoring in bunches, and picking up their wins convincingly so far. They scored six straight times after spotting the Toyota Candiac a 1-0 lead. Two out of their six goals came on the power play. P.Legatos was just getting warmed up when netting the Armadillos first power play marker. -From there, Legatos continued his tear adding two more tallies to complete his hat trick by the third period. R.Cohen was also involved in the action riffling two straight that put the Armadillos in a good spot. S.Kipopoulos and P.Arkalis shared three assists each while C.Stavriadis shut the door right after C.Desmarais got to him early in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of the Mighty Drunks. The forward put on quite a show scoring once while setting up seven goals.
Tuesday January 28
(4)Slayers vs Punishers (1)
Slayers make it two in a row behind R.Pampena
Behind a strong early start, the Slayers took care of business versus the Punishers on Tuesday night. P.Musto got the Slayers ahead on a power play goal, and J.Desmarais did the same minutes later, also capitalising with the man advantage. The Slayers would take control the rest of the way handling all the Punishers could throw at them and leaving with a second victory in as many games. The Punishers did mount some pressure early in the third, and benefited when C.Diamontopoulos finally got to R.Pampena. That tally gave the Punishers more than enough time to level. However, the Slayers annoyingly gave any sort of time or breathing room for more to come. Despite the Punishers ability to light up the attack, R.Pampena did a fantastic job limiting them to only one goal on 29 shots.
(6)Black Knights vs Capitals (1)
Black Knights use dominant first period to defeat Capitals
The Black Knights came out with blazing speed, a relentless for check and four straight goals to dictate the pace of the game. P.Chery opened the scoring early and registered three points sharing a three point performance with J.Lulic and B.Daniele. Execution of the game plan was virtually flawless, with the Knights holding off the Capitals bursts of offense throughout most of the night. There was one time early in the second period where the Capitals did get on board thanks to A.Boucher. The Capitals knew they had a difficult task ahead of them, and wanted nothing more than to rebound from an earlier 3-2 loss to the Slayers. Unfortunately, they barely had time to get anything right after a poor opening frame.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Remo Pampena of the Slayers. After facing close to 30 shots against a high octane offense from the Punishers, the net minder was stellar allowing all but one goal.
Monday January 27
Classics over power Excalibur in both games
Simply having their way, the Classics came ready to play on Monday night. The Classics took over the game as of the second period of the first encounter riding three goals-from different players.From there, they added four tallies into the first period of the ensuing match to put the Excalibur immdiately on the ropes. Apart from M.Destounis scoring twice, the Classics got equal contributions-from nearly everyone.P.Assadi turned aside enough quality chances at the right time during both games.The key in both wins was the overall team play and experience brought forth from the Classics.
(1)Excalibur vs Classics(3)
(6)Classics vs Excalibur(3)
Les Yables catch Punishers off guard in opener
The Punishers had little answers for Les Yables on Monday night, at least in the first game.Although it wasn’t untill the second period where Les Yables torched their opponent with four straight goals.In the span of only seven minutes, four goals had gone in with different players finding the back of the net. Now, its one thing to defeat the Punishers on any given night, and its another to do it twice in a row. Les Yables realized this when it was already to late. The tables immediately turned in the ensuing match with the Puinishers amping up their play. This time, they struck first and dictated the pace to their liking. C.Gingras tacked on two goals and an assist while M.Melo was firm allowing only one tally.
(4)Les Yables vs Punishers(1)
(4)Punihsers vs Les Yables(1)
B.Cabral four goal performnce caps off feel good evening for the Orient
On some nights,some guys simply have the hot stick,and that was certainly the case for B.Cabral. In what was an entertaining set of events, Cabrals fourth goal came in the second games dying moments that snapped a 4-4 tie. Both sides felt certain that for a second straight time, a shootout would have decided matters. The LG HC took the opening contest 5-3 on two shootout goals from N.Kokovidis and P.Doulis.The second match appeared to be headed for the same ending, that was untill Cabral potted in a rebound by going to the net. The Orient deserved much of what they got on Monday night. After finding themselves down 2-0 in the first game due to the team being late, they still managed to go the distance by overcoming the deficit.
(3)Orient vs LG HC(5) S.O
(4)LG HC vs Orient(5)
ICE Breakers use one key shift to split with Degenerates
You cant ask for a better situation if you are the Degenerates leading 3-2 with half a period remaining. And no matter the Ice Breakers struggles during that time, they still can win a game at the drop of a hat. B.Freitas and M.Thakaa scored just over a minute apart, and all of a sudden, the Ice Breakers went-from trailing to playing ahead. It didn’t take long for H.Jerjian to rip a bullet-from centre court and widen the margin. G.Santocroce did narrwow the gap late but that was as close as the Degenerates got. Clearly, the loss didn’t sit well for a team that battled hard enough for a better result. But with a chance to turn the tides, the Degenerates got enough out of J.Atch, who pushed all 15 shots his way while getting the players to play well in front of him.A.Desrosiers got credited the winner, and S.Marricco made sure to secure the win on a late power play goal.
(3)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers(4)
(0)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates(2)
Prolific Athletes depelted line up comes to bite them again
Its virtually impossible for any hockey team to maintain a high energy burst throughout two straight games with only one change. This was the case for the Prolific Athletes on Monday night, who had to endure keeping up with a quick and deeper opponent. Granted, they held their own dropping a close encounter 3-2 and kept the second match extremly close as well only to lose it late in the game. Les Immigrant needed two very late goals-from A.Addante and S.Jankouzian to secure their second victory.Prior to the second match,C.Kheriaty made an immediate impression for Les Immigrants collecting all three points.
(3)Les Immigrant vs Prolific Athletes(2)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs Les Immigrant(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Billy Cabral of the Orient. B.Cabral provided all the offense on the strength of his four goals that included a very late winner.
(5)Templars vs National (8)
Templars fall apart on 6 unanswered from National
Losing the way they did was definitely a hard one to digest. So for the Templars sake, they better hope that this defeat is a rock bottom that they won’t hit again. The good news is that it happened very early in the regular season. While everything seemed dandy and smooth for nearly two periods, the same count be said for what transpired right after. National eventually elevated their game and went on an incredible run posting six straight tallies. O.Valiquette led the charge netting a hat trick while S.Laplante and M.Pinheiro chipped in with a pair. This result was very uncharacteristic for a team that prides themselves on defence. However, if there is one team that can make you look silly at times, National is that team.
(5)Pylons vs Devil Dawgz(3)
O.Caillet holds the fort in net for the Pylons
By getting on board first, the Pylons had the luxury of controlling the play. They kept it simple and let the game run its course. For nearly two full periods, the Devil Dawgz had no answers on how to crack the Pylons defense and O.Caillet. Eventually, they did get to the net minder but where never able to narrow the gap by one. The Pylons always found a way to carry a two goal cushion .T.Settino got the ball rolling netting the Pylons first two goals. J.Pizzuco riffled the winner from centre court and O.Caillet was perhaps the reason why the Pylons edged out their opponent. In one sequence alone, Caillet was masterful making two to three sensational saves that should have been goals.
(3)Chiefs vs HBHA Seniors(4) O.T
K.Tsoukalas scores in OT to rally HBHA past Chiefs
K.Tsoukalas scored three minutes into overtime, and the HBHA Seniors erased a two goal deficit to defeat the Chiefs on Friday night. The Chiefs couldn’t quite hang on to their lead after posting back to back power play goals. The HBHA Seniors knew that as long as the game was within reach, that they would eventually get there. M.Destounis scored a key marker late in the second period to pull his team within one. Then, with only four minutes remaining, the HBHA Seniors smelled blood when the Chiefs took an untimely penalty. Desperation always tends to kick in when good teams are in search of a goal. By pushing the pace the way they did, the HBHA got rewarded thanks to A.Angelis’s equaliser in a game that could have easily gone either way.
(5)The Family vs Bramabulls(6)
Bramabulls drop Family with late heartbreaker
With time winding down in regulation, and the game seemingly headed for overtime, L.Ruscitto found himself in front of V.Teoli with the ball on his stick to complete his hat trick. The Family fell unfortunate having three players in the crease area unable to pounce on the rebound quick enough. Despite the heartbreaking defeat, the Family are showing plenty of signs of improvement. This contest could have easily gone either way if not for some bad ball luck. M-A Daaha continues to impress, not only to his teammates but from many others that have been paying attention to his infectious play. Four out of the five Family’s goals came thanks to Daaha, who clearly has a nose for the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lino Ruscitto of the Bramabulls. Not bad for a players that’s been out of action for a very long while. In his season debut, Ruscitto was quickly reminded on how scoring goals came naturally. The sniper buried three that included the winner leaving only 3 seconds on the clock.
Wednesday January 22
(8)Bramabulls vs AREZ(3)
J.Mandracchia and M.Maggiore both get hat tricks in Bulls high scoring win
J.Mandracchia and M.Maggiore each scored three goals as the Bramabulls powered its way to an 8-3 victory over AREZ on Wednesday night. The Bramabulls stormed out of the gate with three straight goals to immediately put the AREZ on its heels. AREZ did manage to stop the bleeding but only for a little while. Coming out of the second period was definitely positive for the AREZ but they know they can’t expect to win many games when falling behind 3-0.The final frame resembled much of the first with the Bramabulls continuing their offensive onslaught on four more tallies. As it’s always been for A.DiPerna and his troops, rolling a deep roster will often get them a positive result.
(5)Horsemen vs Bulldogs (3)
B.Rubino nets two power play goals, Horsemen edge out Bulldogs
Defenseman B.Rubino was ready to play as soon as the ball dropped on Wednesday night. Teams can always appreciate when some offense comes from their back end. Apart from relying on his sound defensive game, the Horsemen know that Rubino can light the lamp. Tonight’s win came courtesy of his two power play goals that included the winner along with an insurance marker. The Horsemen never trailed but took the lead three times before getting some breathing room. T.Karasek also scored twice in the victory while S.Dion did the same for the Bulldogs.
(2)Toyota Candiac vs Fat Roy(5)
Fat Roy ride dominant power play in rout of Toyota Candiac
When Fat Roy went on the power play, they were thinking one thing, and that was to make the Toyota Candiac pay. Fat Roy were lethally efficient in doing that in their 5-2 win. Out of their three power play chances, N.Gikas, K.Fiore and D.Lombardi each scored with the man advantage. As much as the special teams were significant, the turning point did come on an even strength goal early in the third period. N.Gikas was able to snap a 2-2 third period tie before Fat Roy put the match to rest on a pair of power play goals.
(7)Carnage vs Knights (4)
Carnage down Knights on late power play goal by F.Pace
It took until the late stages of the third period before Carnage could put the game away and record their second win in as many games. And who better that the captain to decide matters. F.Pace was the one to riffle the winner with less than two minutes remaining. From there, T.Ruvo made sure to cap it off by bagging two insurance goals. The Knights felt the frustration of this loss, especially after grabbing the lead twice while eventually overcoming a two goal deficit in the third period. F.Bchara and M.Dupuis did all they could sharing three points each in the loss.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bryan Rubino of the Horsemen. The steady defenseman was instrumental for the Horsemen providing two key power play goals.
Thursday January 23
(13)Mighty Drunks vs Bad Habits (3)
Mighty Drunks smoke Bad Habits with scoring onslaught
It’s never pleasant when a team gets scored that many times. The Bad Habits gave up too many goals in the first period alone that made them uninterested in trying to battle back. Up already 7-1, the Mighty Drunks brought it down a notch but still ran up the score. M.Pinheiro and S.Laplante posted hat tricks while combining for 14 points. Perhaps, it was to be expected when a team has all but two players to change with versus a staked line-up. These types of games require a good start and a solid defensive performance in order to have any sort of chance. Unfortunately for the Bad Habits, they got neither and were stuck enduring a thumping defeat.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Buckshots(7)
Buckshots get all their scoring done by M.Destounis and Y.Derohannesian
It goes without saying that it’s not every day you see a pair of teammates do all of the scoring, especially when they bury seven. M.Destounis kicked off the party to open the score in the second period rattling off his first of four on the night. Then, and not to be out done, Y.Derohannesian completed his own hat trick on a pair of late goals. The Fatal Demons had too many weapons to worry about and seemed to have their hands full at times to contain the fire power from the Buckshots. They did manage to stay within striking distance on the large part,that was up until M.Destounis shattered their confidence when he notched two very quick tallies by the third period. E.Mavroudis normally puts at least one in on seven goals but the power forward won’t have a hard time sleeping knowing that he helped set up four markers.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Left Wings(7)
Left Wings quick goals in second period do in Fitforce Phoenix
Three goals in less than two minutes sparked the Left Wings to a 7-3 victory over the Fitforce Phoenix on Thursday night. It was a closely contested game up until that point. That sequence saw scoring efforts from three different players which ultimately tilted the court in the Left Wings favour. The Fit Force Phoenix will look back at some self-inflicted wounds that enabled the Left Wings to capitalise. Hockey is a game of errors and the Left Wings did a great job limiting theirs. The win came courtesy of an overall team effort that saw A.Perrault as the only multi goal scorer for the Left Wings. As for the Fit Force Phoenix ,B.Cabral led all teammates participating in all three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Buckshots. With the help of his tremendous four goal performance, the Buckshots were able to walk away with the win over the Fatal Demons on Thursday night.
Monday January 20
Stars shine for Punishers in rout of 1 Timer
P.Arkalis and C.Gingras made an impact right from the get go and were a huge reason why the Punishers exposed the 1 Timer twice on Monday night. P.Arkalis was exceptional in the opening game netting three goals and an assist while C.Gingras never let go of the pedal producing an impressive nine points. In both games, the 1 Timer were neck in neck with the Punishers keeping the game levelled after the first periods. The problem occurred in the final frames where the Punishers showed their superiority outscoring the 1 Timer 8-1.There was only so much F.Koch could have done to keep the games respectable. It’s never an easy task when goaltenders are stuck facing a one two punch surrounded by a solid supporting cast. Overall, they did fair well considering having barely two lines.
(5)Punishers vs 1 Timer (1)
(4)1 Timer vs Punishers (7)
LG HC adapt in second game after being bounced by Les Yables
Even though they didn’t earn the win, the LG HC bounced back to level with Les Yables after an embarrassing loss. They knew they needed a better start along with some help defensively. For how tremendous Les Yables’s for checking was, the LG HC had to react quick and smart in order to get out of trouble. The first game was a complete disaster for the LG HC, who couldn’t do anything right. D.Pelletier had a field day netting four goals, and D.Marcotte made plenty happen scoring twice while adding three helpers. Fortunately, things did turn around in the second encounter for the LG HC. E.Girouard was quite remarkable as the sniper collected his fifth goal that ultimately sent the match into a shootout.
(3)LG HC vs Les Yables(9)
(5)Les Yables vs LG HC(5) S.O
Degenerates tweak their game in split with Excalibur
J.Atch needed to be good, and the Degenerates got much needed production up front in order to even the miniseries with the Excalibur. For how lopsided the first game ended, the Degenerates could have continued to fall apart in the second match. Instead, they put it behind them, and stood together in order to return the favour. They were aggressive when needed to be and laid off when they needed to. It always helps storming off to a better start. After grabbing a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame, the Degenerates made sure to keep winning their battles in order to not give much. The snow ball effect lasted all game that saw scoring efforts from five different players.
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (7)
(2)Excalibur vs Degenerates (5)
Ice Breakers stun Immigrant twice on late goals
Like just about everyone from both benches, the players were preparing for a shootout. That was up until a late penalty enabled the Ice Breakers to take advantage on a power play goal from H.Jerjian. Les Immigrant managed to put it behind them quickly as they focused on a good start in the ensuing match. Things appeared to be fine when A.Addante opened the scoring while finding V.Botchway for a 2-1 lead heading into the final stretch. But the Ice Breakers were not to be denied, and for a second straight time, they tilted the court in their favour. It took only two minutes for H.Jerjian and A.Tachejian to get to R.Ricaurte. The go ahead marker left all but three minutes on the clock. Unfortunately for Les Immigrant, they weren’t able to force the extra time as they were stuck going empty handed in what were two very close games.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Immigrant (2)
(2)Immigrant vs Ice Breakers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. The Punishers got on their winning ways right away thanks to an offensive showing by C.Gingras, who already produced nine points in a single night.
Tuesday January 21
Classics take advantage of depleted line up
The Prolific Athletes had to know they were playing with fire having only one change up to their bench. The first game was already decided when K.Araujo posted his second for a 4-0 lead by the eight minute mark of the opening frame. With the luxury of having a second chance to redeem themselves, the Prolific Athletes came out ready for the ensuing match despite their short bench. Granted, the odds did play against them but the overall contest was way closer than the first encounter. The Classics needed two quick goals in the second period in order to gain control. After getting his club on board, P.Gervasi was behind setting up both D.Gagnon and E.Gabrielli.
(6)The Classics vs Prolific Athletes(3)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs The Classics(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Gervasi of the Classics. The heads up d-man had a productive game collecting three points in a close 3-1 win.
Friday January 17
(3)Brewers vs National (7)
O.Valiquette, champion National rout Brewers in season opener
O.Valiquette and the recent winners of the Masters 35+ division opened their title defense with a convincing 7-3 thrashing of the Brewers on Friday night. The better start did belong to the Brewers however by winning the opening frame 2-1. By the time the second period ended, the game was still up for grabs as both sides entered the final stretch evened up at three goals apiece. National eventually broke the tie when O.Valiquette buried his third of four goals early in the third period. Then, and perhaps arguably the turning point of the game occurred when the Brewers gave up two consecutive shorthanded goals in a very short span. Clearly that sequence deflated their bench as there was no way of recovering from a pair of blunders. Overall, they did match up well with National and could have had a better outcome if not for a poorly runned power play.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs The Family(2)
Devil Dawgz grab first lead off of J.Constantin’s late marker
J.Constantin’s goal with four minutes remaining held up, and the Devil Dawgz did just enough to edge out the Family. That goal was the first lead of the night for the Devil Dawgz, who rebounded twice to even the score. The Family will look back at times where they could have widened the gap by a pair, but were stuck facing a solid goaltending performance by M.Trivisonno. Both sides played a good eight minutes in the third period with the game tied up at two goals apiece. Eventually, something was bound to give, and the Devil Dawgz were the ones to seize the moment. N.Faria scored once while setting up two goals, and M.Trivisonno found a way to get the decision over his counterpart G.Maragno, who was just as solid in net for the Family.
(9)Templars vs Chiefs (4)
Chiefs can’t overcome mistakes in loss to Templars
A bad start and a few errors did the Chiefs in on Friday night. The Chiefs weren’t terrific and looked sloppy at times that enabled the Templars to benefit on a couple of errors throughout the game. One thing you don’t want to do is fall behind against a stingy defensive hockey team. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the hole was dug early as they found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first period alone. D.Verta was involved in most of the action as the crafty forward was dangerous all night collecting six points that included a hat trick.
(4)Pylons vs HBHA Seniors (2)
Pylons earn hard fought win with late game charge
Simply relying on your top gun in time of need paid off for the Pylons. T.Settino created his own space to find himself in front of C.Stavriadis where he slipped the ball through on a clever back hand move. As much as that goal was clutch, the Pylons needed more than just a timely goal to win this game. O.Caillet had to be brilliant in net which he was, and the Pylons had to buy into a solid defensive game in order to keep the HBHA to the outside as much as possible. There were times that the HBHA had plenty of ball possession keeping the Pylons pinned on their heels. Often, when two teams grind it out, a break will eventually occur and T.Settino was able to make the most of his.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. In a night that every game had a difference maker, T.Settino will merit the honour for not only snapping a late tie, but by also contributing as a responsible two way centre man versus a very good HBHA Seniors hockey team.
Wednesday January 15
(7)Armadillos vs Left Wings (2)
Armadillos get off to great start
It may only be the first game of the season but the Armadillos already made a statement on Wednesday night. Teams will learn quickly how difficult it will be to content against a team that defends the way they do while able to hurt you on the score sheet. Adding to that, it helps having C.Stavriadis guarding the cage as the net minder had all but two minutes in order to capture a shutout. P.Lapointe went on an early tear striking twice in the first seven minutes of play. He eventually buried his third to share a hat trick alongside K.Koutsogiannopoulos, who also added a pair of helpers. The Left Wings have to buy in completely to being sound defensively. It’s not like they don’t have the elements. Sometimes things just don’t go right which won’t bother a team that know they can play a lot better.
(5)Fitforce Phoenix vs Screaming Eagles (3)
Hassan Khanafer and Ahmad Khanafer share the spotlight with 2 goals each
The Fitforce Phoenix couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season. They got stingy on defense, turned to H & A Khanafer for offense while getting reliable goaltending from M.St-Laurent. Sometimes it’s all about applying a simple game plan. The Fitforce Phoenix did all the little things right with the ability of limiting the Screaming Eagles on the large part. E.Skafidas did provide a pair of third period goals but the game was already decided by then.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Lapointe of the Armadillos. In the first seven minutes, P.Lapointe set the tone for the Armadillos posting back to back tallies before completing his trick just prior to the mid-way point of the match.
Wednesday January 15
(3)Bulldogs vs Fatal Demons (9)
Fatal Demons lean on chemistry in rout of Bulldogs
If there was one major edge the Fatal Demons had in tonight’s game was definitely their experience from playing together over the years. They executed, and made plenty of plays that resulted in many goals. G.DeMarinis didn’t miss a beat finding the net on three occasions. The Bulldogs only found their stride when the game was put out of reach. A.Zarzour contributed to C.Boivin’s busy night in net as the veteran struck twice as part of a five point performance. Maybe it wasn’t there expectation to fall this deep, but the Bulldogs have plenty of time to adjust with many more games to come.
(1)Underdogs vs Carnage (6)
M.Pace and M.Cristiano spark offense with two goals each
M.Pace and M.Cristiano each scored twice to lead Carnage to a 6-1 win over the Underdogs. Carnage was able to stifle the Underdogs offence throughout most of the game expect for one time when P.St-Germain finally got to B.Madonis. By then, the damage had been done despite an entire period left over. There was no way Carnage would falter their lead having the man power to rotate three lines down the final stretch. Three of their six goals came in the third period where M.Cristiano posted back to back insurance markers.
(5)Bad Habits vs Knights (9)
S.Ruggiero scores 4 goals to carry Knights past Bad Habits
S.Ruggiero scored twice in the first, and twice in the third, while M.Dupuis was the catalyst for creating five markers for the Knights. The game was played wide open from the drop of the ball with the Knights edging the Bad Habits 4-3 after the first period alone. Things did eventually slow down, still favouring the Knights as they slowing widened the gap. The Bad Habits will look to tweak certain areas of their game as they are still getting accustom to playing with one another. They did manage to create enough chances with M.DelGaudio leading the charge on three points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Knights. The sharp shooter was able to hit his target four times to help jump start the season for the Knights.
Monday January 13
Despite rough start, Les Yables find their rhythm to level with Orient
After falling short to the recent champs to open up their regular season, Les Yables responded with authority to even the score. L.Verdon started to heat up and Les Yables celebrated a 6-3 win thanks to his hat trick and two assists. The Orient stood their ground in the opening game limiting their opponent to only one goal but were completely out done by the time the night ended. B.Cabral and H.Awada clicked as the tandem produced a total of eight points while A.Farah chipped in with three helpers for the Orient. Teams like to measure themselves on how they finish rather than how they start. For Les Yables, the win felt gratifying knowing that they can compete with an established opponent.
(4)Orient vs Les Yables(1)
(6)Les Yables vs Orient(3)
Les Immigrant battle back to win in shootout
After a shaky start to their night, Les Immigrant eventually settled down and had the last say to split the miniseries with the Excalibur. J.Haddad had hunted the equaliser and S.Yankouzian polished it off by riffling the lone shootout marker for Les Immigrant. Neither team really had much of an edge throughout the entire four periods except for one frame where the Excalibur took it on goals by H.Alfonse and J.Azoulay. With both goaltenders being a big factor, S.Sauk allowed only two goals in both games after facing a total of 37 shots for the Excalibur. On the flip side of the court, Ricaurte was just as stellar and was able to return the favour by denying S.Ruggiero in the shootouts.
(3)Excalibur vs Les Immigrant(1)
(2)Les Immigrant vs Excalibur(1) S.O
F.Koch, 1 Timer ready to play in season debut
As confidence boosters go, tonight was a great start for the 1 Timer. F.Koch deserved his praise as the net minder was rock solid collecting a 3-0 shutout win while allowing all but one goal in the dying moments of the ensuing match. But as much as Koch delivered, the 1 Timer know how to play in front of their net minder. The Ice Breakers struggled to generate enough chances simply due to the fact that they played on their heels. T.Daigneault surged collecting three goals and an assist in both games. P-A Surprenant saw both his goals stand up for winners as the power forward had a very productive night finishing with five points.
(0)Ice Breakers vs 1 Timer (3)
(4)1 Timer vs Ice Breakers (1)
Degenerates rally late to squeeze out a pair of victories over Prolific Athletes
With the Prolific Athletes leading 3-2 in the last minute of play, the expectations was that they would grab their first win of the season. Instead, the Degenerates pulled a rabbit out of the hat on two very late goals .First, S.Sicuso used a one timer coming from a very sharp angle to even the score, and then, A.Desrosiers followed up on a potent wrist shot to beat the Prolific Athletes net minder. The Degenerates entered the night having only one player to change with. They managed to storm out of the gate posting three first period goals that barely stood for a 3-2 victory. Knowing this, the Prolific Athletes made it a point to grab a better start in the second match and did so by playing ahead for nearly the entire game. The only time they faltered the lead was when A.Desrosiers struck with 26 seconds left on the clock. Although they felt deserving of a better outcome, the Prolific Athletes had some very good looks for a team that just started playing in an organized league.
(3)Degenerates vs Prolific Athletes (2)
(3)Prolific Athletes vs Degenerates (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to L.Verdon of Les Yables. After shaking off some cob webs in their earlier match with the Orient, L.Verdon was able to put it into fifth gear accumulating five points that included a hat trick.
Wednesday January 8 (E Final)
Fat Roy claims a memorable title
Fat Roy made this season one to remember. After going down in what was a one sided affair, Fat Roy never gave up battling back to level the series before capping off a thrilling overtime finish in game three. As one would expect after dropping the opening contest, desperation was apparent in the level of play from Fat Roy. D.Lombardi brought the fire power early on in game two and wasn’t afraid to use it providing two key goals to set the comeback in motion. Clearly it gave Fat Roy a boost that translated into them gaining control of the match. While they continued to put on the pressure after finding their footing, Wocafloka couldn’t get any of their momentum going. Maybe that was because they fell behind early while dealing with a shorter bench versus a team that rolls three lines. Regardless the reasons, nothing was yet decided as both teams had all but fifteen minutes or possibly more to claim their pride. With game three left over to decide matters, both teams made sure to not give much head way. A.Agudelo struck first for Wocafloka, who till that point had an incredible final by collecting his sixth goal of the night. However, that didn’t sink the moral of Fat Roy as A.Angelis responded shortly after to eventual put this series in critical condition. Then, barley two minutes into the sudden death frame, C.Fragkiudakis lifted Fat Roy to a memorable night by posting the championship winner. As the Fat Roy bench exploded with noise, his teammates raced to mob him to celebrate the special moment. It seemed only fitting that this win came the way it did for a team that carried plenty of magic late in the regular season and throughout the playoffs. On behalf of Hockyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and Fat Roy for claiming the E Wednesday title.
(6)Wocafloka vs Fat Roy(2) Game 1
(8)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(3) Game 2
(2)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(1) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Fragkiudakis of Fat Roy. Although it came courtesy of an overall team effort, C.Fragkiudakis will be remembered the most by riffling his clubs most important goal of the season.
Wednesday January 8 (F Final)
Buckshots avoid playing with fire in game 2 shootout victory, winners of F division
With less than 20 seconds remaining in game two, the Horsemen scored to tie the game and give themselves a decent chance to extent the series. But the Buckshots- the division leaders that have never dropped a game, charged back for a dramatic ending that took place in the shootout. Y.Derohannessian and K.Kavan each scored during the breakaways, S.Morante denied both attempts his way, and the Buckshots went on to win the F division championship. The series looked to have been easier than what it appeared to be, especially after the Buckshots took the opening contest rather easily. However, it was all but a cake walk for the division leaders in the ensuing match. The Buckshots carried only a slight 2-1 lead heading into the final frame of game two. Like most teams with their backs to the wall, a heavy response was in the making. The Horsemen played their best hockey in that single frame alone that forced a 50/50 scenario in the shootout. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way to come out on top which would have given them a great opportunity to knock out a heavy favourite in a shorter game. Throughout the entire regular season and playoffs, the Buckshots relied on their weapons to create offense and score plenty of goals. Tonight’s series wasn’t any different as they tallied 12 times in both games while adding a pair of shootout markers. E.Mavroudis was a force in game one collecting a hat trick as part of a five point performance. M.Destounis and K.Kavan were productive as well as both players accumulated six points each. Apart from one single frame, S.Morante did the job in net and was largely responsible for avoiding a dreaded game three. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Bobby Vorias and the Buckshots for taking home the F Wednesday division title.
(7)Buckshots vs Horsemen (2) Game 1
(5)Horsemen vs Buckshots(7) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Morante. Even though the Buckshots have the fire power to outscore any team, goaltending was still extremely important in tonight’s case. S.Morante was timely when needed to be and the Buckshots were able to celebrate thanks to his big stops in the shootout.
Friday December 20 (Final)
(2)Pylons vs National (9) Game 1
National torch Pylons in blowout win
The Pylons left much to be desired from their performance in game 1 as they fell by a landslide to National. The series turned fast into the Nationals favour after posting a 3-0 lead by the eight minute mark of the first period. They commanded play right from the start and never looked back leaving the Pylons in disbelief for how one-sided the entire game went. Contributions came from everyone with nobody really stealing the show. C.Dagenais, M.Pinheiro and Y.Dube did score two goals each while Rubens Morne set up many plays resulting in five assists. At no point did the Pylons grab any sort of positives. Knowing that game two wasn’t going to get any easier, the Pylons tried to pick up from their poor play in order to put out a better outing in the ensuing match.
(8)National vs Pylons (2) Game 2
National in a league of their own, crowned winners of Masters 35+ division
After often finding themselves on the short end of the stick, National finally achieved what they have been thriving for. There was no doubt National displayed strong determination and dedication throughout the entire series. Their game plan was to control the game, pace and power the Pylons into submission. The execution looked perfect at times that saw many goals look prettier than the other. Even though the Pylons tried to adjust a specific game plan in order to slow National down, nothing was going to work on this night. Just like in game one, the win came courtesy of a collective team effort. M.Pinheiro scored once while setting up four different teammates. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Marc Pinheiro and National for winning the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro. The captain took nothing for granted on Friday night as he led by example collecting a bunch of points to help lead his team to victory.
Thursday December 19 (Final)
(3)Winter Soldiers vs Legacy (6) Game 1
M.DoCouto goes coast to coast for silky goal, Legacy top Soldiers in game 1
M.DoCouto has been nothing short of spectacular for what he brings to his team. Known for his sound defensive game using his long reach to break up plays, M.DoCouto has more to offer than preventing goals. Clearly he was ready to play and it showed when he went from his own end of the court to the other teams net to pot in a beauty that came out of nowhere. Like most experience teams do with a shorter bench, they simply wait for a mistake that eventually translates into opportunities. Legacy doesn’t need many chances to score with the kind of quality they have to offer. An example of it came off a pair of blistering slap shots from Payam Assadi and T.Bozinakis. Both those tallies came from their own neutral zone where J.Sanoudakis couldn’t react in time. The Winter Soldiers had a good pace to their overall game but couldn’t bury their chances early on. F.Baratta was a big reason why his club played with a comfortable lead for most of the match.
(8)Legacy vs Winter Soldiers (1) Game 2
Legacy remain dominant in rout of Winter Soldiers, winners of C Thursday division
Legacy took another big step when they jumped on the Winter Soldiers in the first period. Every player did what they were supposed to do and that was to lead the way to another championship. It’s what came to be expected of Legacy when it comes to playoff time. With a team led by talented forwards like Payam Assadi, T.Bozinakis and J.Rochon, a deep defense headed by M.DoCouto and S.Govas and goalie F.Baratta, the Winter Soldiers weren’t enough of a formidable test, at least not on this night. And even though it wasn’t what they had hoped for, the Winter Soldiers took a step in the right direction. But tonight did belong to a team that took centre stage when everything was on the line. By having the right mind set and surrounding yourself with the right people, you come out stronger as a group. Throughout both games, Legacy played committed like playoff heroes. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotopoulos,Payam Assadi and the rest of Legacy for claiming the C Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frank Baratta of Legacy. Good results are built on stable goaltending. Legacy are lucky to have F.Baratta perform the way he did on Thursday as he was at his absolute best.
Wednesday December 18 (F Semis)
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Buckshots(8) Game 2
Buckshots keep riding first rate offense as they look ahead to F final
They have been the engine that makes the Buckshots go and they don't plan on stopping any time soon. And even though the Mighty Drunks understood it, there wasn't much they could have done. They did hang in there for one period but that all changed in the second where the Buckshots floored it leaving their opponent deep in their rear view mirror. Reoccurring names like E.Mavrouidis and K.Kavan are expected to get points but the Buckshots got some extended offense-from M.Thakaa and by their captain B.Vorias as both players chipped in with a pair. Till this point, nothing has yet to slow them down. However, they'll need to continue it one more time before it's all said and done.
(5)Horsemen vs Carnage (7) Game 2
M.Pace 4 goal output helps level series for Carnage
Just when Carnage needed an answer they got one. Sometimes you can just tell when a player, at any sport at any time, is primed for a plus performance. In this particular contest that player was M.Pace, who flashed patience, skill and a beautiful finishing touch that resulted in four goals. More importantly, they came at the right time that enabled Carnage to play in front. Despite falling behind 2-0, the Horsemen battled their way back to even the score only to dig themselves in an even deeper hole. It was clear that Carnage came out to play knowing that their season was on the line. However, this was one of two must win games. Both sides were now faced playing their most important fifteen minutes and possibly some extra time to see who reaches the finish line first.
(2)Horsemen vs Carnage (1) O.T Game 3
S.Giannakis and M.Kardum tandem pull Horsemen through to big dance
Every player imagines at one point becoming their team's hero. After receiving a feed- from M.Kardum, S.Giannakis lived the moment by bagging the Horsemen's biggest goal yet this season. Prior to celebrating it however, the Horsemen thought they had it wrapped up in regulation when M.Kardum struck with less than a minute remaining for a 1-0 lead. It took only one play later for S.Musacchio to respond and balance the scale. From-there, the inevitable was waiting for the two sides as a dreaded sudden death frame would decide who advances to the final and who`ll be watching from-the sidelines. Unfortunately, there is only room for one winner no matter how evenly matched the two teams are. In tonight's case, the Horsemen were the ones to find a way and extend their season. The series didn't take long to end in overtime, only a minute and change into it when S.Giannakis buried the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefanos Giannakis of the Horsemen. Often, timing is everything, and S.Giannakis couldn't have arrived at a better time. The Horsemen will advance to the F final thanks to S.Giannakis`s series deciding goal.
The F Wednesday semi finals came to a close on Wednesday night. The Buckshots will take on the Horsemen for all its glory. This series will primarily be based on what the Horsemen need to do in order to slow down a high octane offense. Even though you can't stop it completely, limiting the damage may be the right way to go about it. The Horsemen will need to generate enough offense while getting exceptional goaltending-from M.Vinciguerra. As long as the games remain close enough, they'll have a chance, if not, the Buckshots will be the ones celebrating.
Wednesday December 18 (E Semis)
(5)Left Wings vs Wocafloka(1) Game 2
Left Wings bring best game, get back into series
The Left Wings got back to playing to their strengths on Wednesday night, bouncing back-from an opening series loss to defeat the Wocafloka 5-1 and square their playoff series 1-1.The Left Wings limited their turnovers and rediscovered their scoring touch in this game after being outworked and outplayed by the same 5-1 score only a week ago. Scoring efforts came by committee as five different players took turns finding the net. S.Vassilopoulos was stellar in game two allowing only one goal on 20 shots. Wocafloka , although fell behind 2-0, did narrow the gap early in the second period but were unable to build it more than that. It was apparent that the Left Wings had more urgency compared to their opponent which set up the stage for a do or die mini game.
(3)Wocafloka vs Left Wings (1) Game 3
Captain J-M Loiseau shows why he's the pride of Wocafloka
There was no way the captain of Wocafloka was stopping after a lopsided defeat only moment's ago. Even though his entire team looked out of gas, everyone had at least one period of enough fuel in the tank to compete with the Left Wings. And who better than your captain to lead the way.After setting up A.Fonrose for the games opening goal, J-M Loiseau was able to snap a 1-1 tie with just over six minutes to go. In playoff hockey, six minutes feels like an eternity but the Wocafloka made sure to stay with it playing a solid defensive game while relying heavily on C.Stavriadis on their last line of defence. They managed to kill off the clock and secure a spot in the final when F.Belisle fed a yawning cage.
(6)Fat Roy vs Fatal Demons (3) Game 2
Fat Roy sweep division leaders to reach final
The game, and by extension the series, might have been over by the ten minute mark of the second period when N.Gikas scored on the power play for a 4-1 lead. J.Sanoudakis has been good enough that a three goal cushion was sufficient for the eventual victory. Fat Roy saw all their top guys get involved on the score sheet. K.Fiore, N.Gikas and M.Tvaronas all had two goals each. The Fatal Demons couldn't match the pace of Fat Roy and never had the chance to play with the lead where they tend to play better when in control of the game. The win sends Fat Roy through to the final where they'll take on Wocafloka.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-M Loiseau of Wocafloka. After his team took it the chin versus the Left Wings, the captain made sure to not go down without a fight by responding with a huge performance in game three.
The E Wednesday division will have Wocafloka take on Fat Roy in the final. Both teams appear well matched-skilled teams that can push the pace and flip games with offensive outbursts. Since offense and solid goaltending may be a wash, Fat Roy may benefit due to their body count in what may be a long series. But that's not to take away the resilient play of Wocafloka, who'll battle till the very end.
Monday December 16 (Division 2 final)
Orient bounces 1 Timer with overtime winner to lift 4vs4 trophy
Every player dreams about being an overtime hero, and J.Mavuanga was able to live the fantasy by netting his clubs biggest goal ever. It often comes down to bounces or plain out skill. In the case of this particular goal, J.Mavuanga used his sweet hands to slide the ball right passed F.Koch. This series couldn't have been any closer with game one decided after nine shootout attempts. Eventually, M.Carpentier came through with the help of F.Koch making the necessary save to secure the victory for the 1 Timer. Now with their backs to the wall, the Orient found themselves in the same spot of the ensuing match, another dreaded shootout. This time however, the tides turned as they prevailed on two shootout goals that saw B.Cabral and A.Khanafer get the better of F.Koch. Both teams were now stuck playing a shorter twelve minute game for all the marbles. And rather than it being decided in regulation, overtime was once again required. The only difference was that it was played in a five minute format rather than a shootout. It was during that time that J.Mavuanga came through for the Orient. His tally sparked jubilation and a sense of relief in what was an incredible battle between two very good hockey teams. The 1 Timer, although heartbroken have nothing to feel down about. They know that it could have easily gone there way if it wasn't for some little details here in there. Sometimes you get the bounces and sometimes you don't. In tonight's case,the Orient benefited on one extra play which was just enough to claim victory. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com congratulations, go out to Fadel Nasser and the Orient for claiming the second division 4v4 championship.
(6)1 Timer vs Orient (5) S.O Game 1
(4)Orient vs 1 Timer (2) S.O Game 2
(0)1 Timer vs Orient (1) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeamy Mavuanga of the Orient. Thanks to his brilliant skill set, the Orient were able to celebrate a well deserved championship on Monday night.
Monday December 16 (Division 1 final)
Mr Carl clutch Gingras propels Punishers in wild ending, winners of first division 4vs4
Of course it was Carl Gingras, it had to be him. You can almost put good money that when the game is on the line, C.Gingras would be the one to pull through. The Punishers were able to celebrate a special ending thanks to a huge game three sudden death winner provided-from C.Gingras. The Punishers hoped for a two game sweep after man handling Legacy in game one. But that would be wishful thinking to have it done versus a team with that kind of pedigree. And perhaps as expected, game two did go their way with Payam Assadi and E.Girouard leading the charge up front as both players scored two goals each. C.Stavriadis rebounded after a shaky start to earn a 20 save shutout. By judging the way the night was going, it was only fitting that this series would go the distance. Before getting to the climactic moment, P.Arkalis along with his bother Manny Arkalis had plenty of pull as both players combined for five points. Then, with overtime winding down to its final moments, C.Gingras placed himself just at the right place to knock in a rebound where he'd write the conclusion of a perfect story line. Just like in the previous series, this one was also a coin flip as either team could have taken it. The playoffs are as much about rebounding-from adversity as they are about trying to avoid it altogether. In tonight's case, it took one single play, one single bounce and one particular player in C.Gingras to get it done. On behalf of Haockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and the Punishers for getting it done.
(8)Punishers vs Legacy (5) Game 1
(4)Legacy vs Punishers (0) Game 2
(3)Punishers vs Legacy (2) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines clutch as successful: a clutch pitcher, a clutch hitter or Punishers top gun C.Gingras. In what came down to one goal deciding a championship, you would have been wise to put money on C.Gingras.
Monday December 16 (Division 3 final)
Excalibur goes into beast mode after embarrassing game one loss, crowned champions
For how lopsided game one was favoring the Degenerates, it seemed farfetched that the Excalibur had much of a chance to bounce back into the series. The opening contest was completely dominated-from a more committed side resulting in five goals while barely giving up a scoring opportunity. S.Marricco continued his pace riffling three markers in the first period alone. Then, what appeared to be a route to an expected path turned into an instant t downfall for the Degenerates. The Excalibur did the right thing by striking early to finally get the monkey off their back. That one goal sent a shock wave to their bench as many more followed leaving the Degenerates in disbelief on what was slowly unwinding in front of all of them. Still, no matter how embarrassing the loss, a 12 minute game was left over for a potential turn around. Unfortunately for the Degenerates, the nightmare continued and the Excalibur just went about their business adding four goals in a 4-1 decisive score. F.Bchara led his teammates up front notching five tallies in three games. But perhaps the most significant piece to the puzzle was the play of S.Sauk. After looking average in game one, the net minder was in a league of his own in the following two games. Sauk stole the show making plenty of remarkable saves .Only one goal went by S.Sauk, who was absolutely brilliant throughout the rest of the series. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Scott Sauk and the Excalibur for winning the 4v4 division.
(5)Degenerates vs Excalibur (0) Game 1
(8)Excalibur vs Degenerates (1) Game 2
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (4) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. Goaltending always plays a major role when it comes to the big games. Credit goes out to S.Sauk for rebounding his team after a terrible game one loss.
Brewers vs National
Emotions high as National advance to final
The title says it all! A good and intense battle was in store as the National looked to take advantage of their quick strike offence as the Brewers countered with their tough, stingy defence. The key for both teams would’ve been to stay away from the sin bin, a.k.a the penalty box but let’s just say that the refs certainly had their hands full in this contest. Game 1 favored the Brewers, who took an early 3rd period lead and managed to hang on for a 3-2 win, with both keepers facing a healthy amount of shots. This result sent captain M.Pinheiro and his National teammates back to the drawing board as they had 1 hour to figure things out in a win or go home game. Game 2 was a different story, where the National converted a 4-1 first period lead into a 6-2 rout, outshooting, outrunning & outchancing the Brewers to force the dreaded mini-game. Game 3 began slowly and then as he’s done so often, M.Pinheiro opened the scoring at the 6 minute mark, and 37 seconds later G.Pierre doubled their lead in what stood as the series winning goal for National, who will once again play for the high honors in the Masters division. This series didn’t disappoint and credit captains M.Pinheiro (National) & A.Lanni (Brewers) for putting together competitive teams and making it this far.
Pylons vs Templars
Tightly contested series favors the Pylons
The expectations were high for this one, as we expected to see up tempo hockey, combined with fast transitions, with lots of pinching from the D to support the rush. With both these teams having strengths throughout their respective line-ups, it’s no surprise that it was meant to go the distance. As an example, game 1 went to the Templars by a 5-4 margin and incredibly enough 9 different goal scorers found the twine! Maybe, the Pylons were rusty or got a little complacent, having had a bye week, but captain S.Sicuso needed to make some adjustments and remind his players of what was at stake. Game 2 turned out to be another tight affair. Templars finished period 1 with a 3-2 lead. By the 3rd period Templars looked to be on their way to the finals, but with 13.3 seconds on the clock, JM Loiseau tallied to level the match, sending his team to the shootout, where both he and A.Bergomi scored, extending the series. The playoffs are a time when heros are born or come to the forefront and in game 3, as he’s done all season, A.Fonrose seized the moment and came up huge for his teammates as he managed to bag both goals for the series clinching 2-1 victory. Credit S.Fabrici of the Templars for putting together a team of crafty veterans that competed hard and fought to the end as well as the Pylons for continuing their season in what promises to be an exciting and intriguing match-up.
The Salumi Player of the night goes to A. Fonrose of the Pylons.
Legends vs Winter Soldiers
Soldiers sweep semis, advance to final
In what was billed as a matchup of youth vs veterans, the result favored the youth. Both teams made sure they came with stacked benches, as they obviously knew the implications at stake. Winter Soldiers have a few players who can do some damage and they came out firing in game 1, with a triumphant 5-1 victory and with 4 different goalscorers lighting the lamp. The Legends retreated to their dressing room, knowing that they had to play a solid perimeter game, relying on their neutral zone strengths and absolutely avoid the penalty box, in order to level the series at 1 game apiece. Game 2 saw the goalies extremely busy as both teams decided to open the flood gates by going on the offensive. Unfortunately for the Legends, they trailed throughout the game and were unable to gain any kind of momentum and ultimately lost by a 7-4 scoreline. J.Mckenzie & C.Kakivelis took care of the offense combining for an incredible 12 points in both games. Credit goes to the Winter Soldiers, who used their overall team speed, ball possession and timely scoring to secure a place in the final. Hats off to the Legends, who battled hard till the last buzzer and made it to the final four in a very competitive division.
Legacy vs Bramabulls
Series goes the distance, Legacy prevail
This match-up featured 2 teams who are battle tested and have championship pedigree and are strong throughout their respective line-ups. They’re all too familiar with each other, having had numerous battles over the years and so it was only fitting that it went the distance, with yet another classic. Game 1 started like your typical playoff game, with both teams feeling each other out. Then within the span of 11 minutes in the 2nd period everything changed, as Legacy scored an incredible 6 goals and proceeded to rout the Bulls 6-1, with J.Rochon’s hat trick leading the way. Game 2 saw the Bramabulls have a much better start leading 4-0 after the 2nd period. Incredibly enough, Legacy stormed back to tie it at 4, with little time left, sending it to shootouts where sniper J.Mandracchia was the lone shootout marker extending the Bulls season and forcing a deciding mini-game. The mini-game was fast and furious, with both teams trading punches and going toe to toe with each other in the back and forth affair. Trailing by 1 with less than 10 seconds remaining, the Bramabulls tied it up, forcing overtime where the drama continued. In what may probably be the biggest goal of his ball hockey career, S.Athanasopoulos delivered in overtime with the goal that sent Legacy off to the finals. Credit both teams with providing fans with an entertaining spectacle from start to finish.
The Salumi Vino player of the night goes to S. Athanasopoulos of Legacy.
Wocafloka vs Left Wings
Wocafloka rout Left Wings for series lead
It’s never easy keeping a high octane offence at bay, but that’s exactly what Wocafloka did to the Left Wings on this night. They stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back, as the Left Wings were simply unable to muster anything offensively, even though they had their fair share of chances with Wocafloka visiting the penalty box on 4 occasions. Wocafloka shut it down after the first period relying on overall team defence, offensive transition and the usual solid goaltending from veteran C.Stavriadis who pushed aside all but 1. Luckily it’s only game 1, and coach N.Sotiropoulos and the Left Wings have a week to devise a game plan and get their act together or they’ll be packing their bags.
Carnage vs Horsemen
Crazy comeback falls short, Horsemen squeak out game 1
In a battle between 2 teams who know each other so well, it was hard to predict the end result. In what could only be described as a crazy and unexpected game, the Horsemen had the wind in their sails as they were in cruise control, leading 5-0 after 2 periods. Carnage were throwing balls at the net but mostly from the perimeter and not generating many high danger scoring chances, with the Horsemen keeping them at bay. Usually, when having such a comfortable lead with so little time remaining in a playoff game, you just need to close it out, but the third period was a different story. Carnage came out flying scoring an incredible 4 goals from 4 different players all within 6 minutes. They pulled their goalie, but the Horsemen managed to hang on and avoid a colossal defeat. V.Pandza and the Horsemen know that this one was way too close for comfort and simply can’t get complacent. F.Pace and Carnage now have a week to figure out how to get a better start to their game and not play from behind as they did all game long.
Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks
E.Mavroudis goes on a tear, Buckshots take game 1
The Mighty Drunks knew they had to play solid team defence, and capitalize on their opportunities and try to limit the chances of the devastating top line that the Buckshots possess. The game was incredibly tight as both teams were limiting each other’s scoring chances and getting in the shooting lanes, a typical playoff game. Things turned in the third period, where like he’s basically done all season, E.Mavroudis put the Buckshots on his back and was a man on a mission as he completed a natural hat trick to go along with his first period goal for a 4 goal output. It’s only game 1, but the Mighty Drunks know that they were able to battle and frustrate the Buckshots for 2 full periods. They have a week to figure out how to contain a powerful offence and again they’ll need T.Borgia to get timely stops and keep their opponent to the perimeter, in order to force a 3rd game.
Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy
Fat Roy grab game 1 in heated affair
In a classic match-up between 2 veteran laden teams filled with depth, and who are equally strong in all 3 zones, it was only fitting that it was so close till the bitter end. The action was fast and furious, with both goaltenders seeing lots of activity in their respective creases to go along with the chippiness and chirping. The score was close, with neither side gaining an edge and the special teams were quite active with so many visits to the penalty box. With less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation, L.Williams of Fat Roy was able to rifle a quick wrister from a near impossible angle which beat R.Ranieri and stood as the game winner. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the division leading Fatal Demons, but surely captain P.Santullo will use the week to get a game plan together.
The Salumi Vino player of the night goes to E. Mavroudis of the Buckshots.
Legacy vs Venom
Legacy win 2 straight, punch ticket to final
Both teams showed up with stacked benches, knowing a trip to the Finals was at stake and they didn’t disappoint. In game 1, J.Courteau was a force for Venom, as the power forward bagged a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough as P.Assadi found the back of the net for the game winner, with a little over 2 minutes remaining in the contest. As frustrating as losing game 1 was, Venom knew they had very little time to re-group to get back in the series. As expected, game 2 was also tightly disputed as both goaltenders stood on their head to keep the game close, with Venom forcing a shootout to keep their playoff hopes alive. F.Baratta was solid between the pipes as he denied all 3 Venom shooters, while E. Girouard capitalized on his shootout opportunity as the crafty veteran was the only one to solve M.Trivisonno, propelling Legacy to the Finals.
Armadillos vs Orient
Malkoun shuts the door, Orient prevail
It is often said that defense wins championships and the Orient seemed to buy into this message as they played shutdown hockey in order to muzzle the veteran Armadillos. By limiting their opponent to 35 shots in 2 games, the Orient we’re able to prevail in a thrilling game 2 shootout victory, as Billy Cabral scored the lone shootout marker as C.Malkoun stopped all 3 Armadillo shooters. F.Nasser was the most productive scorer accumulating 4 points, while J.Bolonakis did his part for the Armadillos with 3 points. Credit goes to their overall team defense, as well as banking on the brilliance of netminder C.Malkoun, which allowed them to prevail. It certainly didn’t help the Armadillos who were missing some key pieces and had a shorter bench, but hats off to the Orient for pulling through.
1 Timer vs Dragons
Series goes the distance, 1 Timer gets the job done
In a battle of 2 evenly matched teams, Maxime Carpentier was a force for the 1 Timer, participating in 7 of his team’s 10 goals with an impressive 5 goals & 2 assists. Game 1 went to 1 Timer, as they did their damage in the first period scoring all 3 goals and then managed to hang on and play sound defence as the Dragons comeback fell short. Dragon’s captain J.DeStefano rallied his troops as they came out a with a much better effort prevailing in game 2 and forcing a 3rd and deciding mini game. In the series finale, The 1 Timer was firing on all cylinders, getting 5 goals on their opponent, while shutting the door and only allowing 2 to get by F.Koch, as the goaltender was solid for his team when they needed him most. The 1 Timer have been on quite a roll lately, with timely scoring and clutch goaltending that sees them with yet another trip to the Finals of their respective division.
Ice Breakers vs Excalibur
Excalibur squeeze by in tight checking affair
They say anything can happen in the playoffs, you just need to get in. That’s exactly what happened as the Excalibur defeated the Ice Breakers in what you could call a slight upset. Game 1 was tightly contested, with Excalibur grabbing an early 1st period lead only to see the Ice Breakers come storming back in the 2nd period to tie it up, thus requiring a shootout, where both F.Bchara and A.Fonrose found the back of the net to decide it. Game 2 was a little different as the Ice Breakers had a better start and kept it tied late into the 2nd period, before J.Azoulay buried the most important goal of the series, with about 3 minutes remaining and it stood up as the game and series winning goal. Give credit to the Ice Breakers who held their own versus a veteran side in Excalibur and also to S.Sauk and his troops who held the fort allowing only 4 goals over 2 games.
Degenerates vs Chic Choc
Degenerates right the ship and advance to Final
Resilient teams find a way to win when the chips are down, and that’s exactly what happened on this night. After dropping a very close game 1 fairly late on a goal by JR Lemay, captain S.Sicuso remained calm and knew all that was needed was a few adjustments and a reset. The Degenerates stormed back to take both games by identical scorelines of 4-1, with A.Lanni being the catalyst as he often is igniting his team’s offence by bagging 3 goals. The Chic Choc tried their best to capitalize on their game 1 victory, but ran into a stingy defensive unit as well as a wall in goalkeeper J.Atch who shut it down and allowed his team to advance to the finals.
The Salumi Vino player of the night goes to M. Carpentier from 1 Timer.
Friday December 6 (Quarter finals)
(7)National vs Devil Dawgz(3)
National pull away in third to oust Devil Dawgz in do or die game
S.Laplante`s two third period goals led the National to a hard fought win over the Devil Dawgz on Friday night. As time was passing, the Devil Dawgz felt good about their chances with the shorter bench. They had the ideal start leading 3-1 at one point. Eventually, National would claw their way back in the game where they finally found themselves in a great spot. Still, the game was up for grabs and could have gone either way. So close that the Devil Dawgz hit the goal post when the game was tied. Then, the wheels came off when S.Laplante came to the rescue bagging two big goals while adding his third in a yawning cage.
(4)Brewers vs Chiefs (2)
Chiefs slow start leads to bad finish
The Chiefs couldn't address a major foe throughout most of their season and that is a bad start to the game. They showed few, if any, signs of life in the first two periods. The Brewers picked apart their defence and mounted a 4-0 lead just prior to the second period ending. It took an energetic, emotional two goal effort to ride the ship but all it did was set the stage for another loss. It could have been avoidable if not for the bad start. There was no doubt however that the Brewers deserve credit. After all, they were the ones to come out stronger and put the Chiefs on their heels. What made the win gratifying was that four different players took turns finding the back of the net. G.Lemire got credited the winner while G.Platanitis was sharp stopping 22 of 24 shots.
(2)Bramabulls vs Templars(3)
Templars last minute goal puts exclamation point on close battle with Bramabulls
Potentially facing an early exit, the Templars scored two third period goals in the last five minutes to pull the rug right under the Bramabulls feet. S.Fabrici scored the tying goal when he released a blistering slap shot-from centre court, and M.Fazzolari potted in a rebound after finding himself at the right place and at the time to net the winner. The ending was just brutal for the Bramabulls, who had all but a few minutes to kill off. Even though they had the man power in the body count department, it still wasn't enough to hold off a resilient Templars side. It just went to show how anything can happen when the stakes are high and the game is very close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. The clever defenseman went on a third period scoring tear rattling off three goals that ultimately put his side through to the next round.
The Master`s 35+ division is now down to only four teams. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Pylons vs Templars(5) The Templars will be primed after coming off a dramatic win while the Pylons will need to be prepared after missing a couple of weeks of action. A good start will be important for the two sides since playing with the lead will be crucial. In most areas, neither team has a real advantage. This series will come down to who wants it more.
(2)National vs Brewers (3) National needs to play to their strengths. If they use their speed and make the Brewers work hard for their money, than they'll be fine. However, it won't come easy, especially going up against one of the better defensive teams in the division. National will need to be creative and find ways to generate chances as they'll often be playing-from the perimeter.
Thursday December 5 (Quarter finals)
(5)Legends sv Fitforce Phoenix (4)
Legends advance on E.Mavroudis late game winner
Power forward E.Mavroudis, with a touch and quick move past the opposing net minder, buried his shot with just over 30 seconds left on the clock to help advance the Legends through to the next round. It was not an easy win however as the Fitforce Phoenix fought back-from a two goal deficit to level. Despite man handling them in the regular season, the Legends knew they were in tough with so much on the line. They could have made life easier if M.St-Laurent wasn't so good in net for the Fit Force Phoenix. A.Zarzour made the score 4-2 after posting a hat trick. From-there, the Legends had a chance to pull away but were stifled missing some glorious chances. Eventually, H.Awada notched his second right before N.Atoui tied it by the six minute mark of the third period. Both teams knew that the next goal would ultimately decide their fate. Luckily enough for the Legends, E.Mavroudis came through at the right time to extend his team's season.
(6)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(3)
J.Mckenzie's epic 4 goal performance lifts Winter Soldiers past Toyota Candiac
J.Mckenzie had a feast on Thursday night and it wasn't on chicken tenders. Instead, it was the Toyota Candiac that endured his dramatic flare resulting in four goals. His outburst began late in the first period courtesy of a power play marker .Once he got started, the wheels were in motion and Mckenzie continued his tear adding another power play goal before capping off a productive night on an empty net tally. Naturally, the Winter Soldiers couldn't have been happier for their skilled teammate. To his help, J.Velenosi set up the sniper three straight times on primary assists. The Toyota Candiac dug themselves in a deep hole in the first portion of the match. After falling behind 3-0, they did manage to pick up their game but the damage had already been done.
(5)Legacy vs The Blast(2)
Legacy bag Blast in energetic intense battle
With more intensity and physicality compared to your average regular season game, both teams upped the ante on Thursday night. Legacy came in playing to their identity, which is to elevate their game in these types of situations. A good start always helps and they got it thanks to a pair of goals-from T.Bozinakis and D.Bertrand. It looked as though they had a strangle hold for a while but that was until the Blast responded on a pair of quick tallies. By that point, the Blast looked to build off their momentum. Unfortunately, just like they fell behind by two goals earlier on, the same happened towards the end of the second period. S.Athanasopoulos and J.Rochon took only three minutes of each other to regain a two goal margin. On the possibility that the Blast had a little more in them to bounce back, Legacy didn't repeat the same mistake by prioritising a solid defensive game. F.Baratta knew what was at stake and made sure to give nothing thanks to a brilliant goaltending performance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jesse Mckenzie of the Winter Soldiers. The right handed sniper found his touch on Thursday night riffling four big goals that helped lead his team to the semi finals.
The C Thursday division is now down to only four teams. The semi final round match ups are as follows:
(1) Bramabulls vs Legacy (4) Even though the Bramabulls have the better regular season record, that won't matter as this series has all the elements of what ball hockey has to offer. Both teams will need to simplify their game by shooting the ball when they can while avoiding unforced errors. There is simply too much talent in all three areas of the field for the two sides that doesn't give one team more of an advantage.
(2)Winter Soldiers vs Legends (3) If there is one area that the Winter Soldiers have a huge advantage over the Legends, its their speed. The Legends know this and will need to buy into a system where they can try and contain the speed and ongoing pressure by the Winter Soldiers. They'll have no choice but to keep them on the outside while patiently wait for their chances. The good news is that they have C.Fortin guarding the pipes. The bad news however is that the Winter Soldiers have a few big guns up front that can hurt you.
Monday December 2
Punishers head to final after impressive regular season
The Punishers added to their impressive reputation Monday, picking up their 17th win with a pair of victories over the Armadillos. By claiming first place, only one team will stand in their way as they patiently wait in the final. But regardless who the opponent is, the expectations are high for the Punishers. Anything short of success will be looked at as failure. There is no doubt the team is complete in every area. Both their wins tonight came-from balanced scoring, solid goaltending and an overall strong defensive game. C.Gingras continued to tear up the regular season scoring three times for a hat trick. The Armadillos got off to a bad start in the opening game unable to solve M.Melo, who was solid throughout both games allowing only two goals.
(3)Punishers vs Armadillos (0)
(2)Armadillos vs Punishers (8)
Y.Gazura scores late goal to split with Legacy
In hopes of claiming consecutive victories vs Venom, Legacy fell short in the second encounter. Thirty seconds was all that was left over when Y.Gazura came through putting Venom in front. Unlike the previous match, this one came down to the wire. Legacy was clearly the better of the two sides earlier on taking a convincing 6-3 win. K.Kavan was once again at his best accumulating five points that included two goals. When a player is wheeling like that, it makes it very difficult for any opponent to play against. This match is a preview of the semi finals as both teams will face each other in a week's time. Both sides will have enough time to study all the little details that can help determine who will prevail.
(3)Venom vs Legacy (6)
(2)Legacy vs Venom (3)
Scoring depth the difference for the 1 Timer
Any team that plans to make a run deep into the post season needs a complete performance up and down the roster, and the 1 Timer have been fortunate enough to have that. While they occupy consistency in all areas, their scoring depth up front is perhaps their biggest asset. The 1 Timer poses threats on both their pairings up front. Tonight's two wins over the Dragons was the perfect example of how balanced they are. P-A Surprenant stepped on the gas in the first encounter rattling off four tallies while M.Charpentier decided to take over in the second game bagging a hat trick. The Dragons, despite having most of their players present couldn't keep up with a quicker opponent.
(7)1 Timer vs Dragons (3)
(1)Dragons vs 1 Timer (4)
Orient massive comeback falls short as they trade wins with Excalibur
It was nearly an improbable comeback for the Orient, but they fell just short in their last game of the regular season. They did get off to a solid start in the opening match en route to a 5-3 victory. Despite having only one change up, F.Nasser was a vital component to the win as the captain put on a show riffling four markers and an assist. Cleary, the Excalibur weren't pleased on how things ended. Whatever message was sent in between games definitely translated into the ensuing match for the Excalibur,at least in the first period. At one point they led 5-0 and appeared to be headed for an easy win. Then, it looked as though they forgot how to play and the Orient made a serious push that nearly saw them tie the game. Luckily for the Excalibur, time ran out as they barely held on.
(5)Orient vs Excalibur (3)
(5)Excalibur vs Orient (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Nasser of the Orient. The captain had an incredible night logging a ton of minutes and was a huge reason why his club took the opening game versus the Excalibur. By the time it ended, Nasser scored four times while adding three helpers.
All three division regular season games came to an end on Monday night. In each of the three divisions, the first round match ups are the semi final rounds.
Division 1: The Punishers have an automatic spot to the final for capturing first place. Legacy will take on Venom to see who'll take on the Punishers. Both teams just finished playing each other in what ended as a split. This series can go either way as both teams have the fire power up front to generate quality offense. Look for a committed defensive style along with required goaltending to make the difference.
(1)1 Timer vs Dragons (4) Unless the Dragons figure something out soon, this series will favor the 1 Timer. Tonight's games weren't even close with the 1 Timer thumping their opponent both times. The Dragons will need to rely on their top guns to score but more importantly on how to contain two running lines working on all cylinders.
(2)Armadillos vs Orient (3) The one area that the Orient has the advantage is on their speed. Other than that, the Armadillos are have the experience are well structured on how they play, especially in the post season.
(1)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (4) It will be your classic youth with speed versus a veteran side with experience match up. It's vital for the Excalibur to jump in front and use playing with the lead to their advantage. If it's the other way around, the Excalibur may be stuck chasing the game where they'll be forced to wait for an opportunity and time their chances.
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (3) Two teams very familiar with one another. Since both sides know each other's tendencies, this series may go down to the wire on who wants it more. Chic Choc play relentless hockey while relying on J-R Lemay up front and F.Peloquin between the pipes. The Degenerates will play a structured game and make it a point to not give much to the opposition. S.Marricco and A.Lanni are looked upon to score if they plan on advancing to the final.
Thursday November 28
(3)Bramabulls vs Legends (6)
Legends finish season on high note
The Legends applied a simple game plan against a depleted Bramabulls team. By clogging up the middle while waiting for their chances, the Legends played it just right to earn the win. E.Mavroudis got the ball rolling on a pair of early goals and K.Araujo followed up striking twice at key moments during the game. The Bramabulls did have their fair share of possession but struggled to get into dangerous scoring areas. It didn't help either that C.Fortin stood between the pipes. The net minder made sure to stop the initial shot while relying on his defence to clean out the rebounds.
(5)Legacy vs The Blast (2)
Legacy storm out of gate with 3 quick goals
Starting off their night on a bang was clearly on the to do list for Legacy. For the most part of the opening frame, the Blast proved to be not much of an opponent. They did tweak their game and got better as it went on but the overall damage had already been done despite plenty of time left over. Legacy did what all good experience teams do in these situations, and that is to give nothing to very little. S.Athanasopoulos regained a three goal cushion after netting a late second period power play goal. From-there, the Blast attempted to get back into it only to hit a dry spell. C.Stavriadis never let the game get out of reach by excelling between the pipes.
(8)Toyota Candiac vs Winter Soldiers (8) S.O
High scoring spirited affair ends in draw
A high scoring and spirited affair between the Toyota Candiac and the Winter Soldiers went the ultimate distance on Thursday night. The extra time could have been avoided if not for a late collapse by the Winter Soldiers. With the game seemingly wrapped up leading 7-4, the Winter Soldiers squandered their lead in the last five and a half minutes of the game. The comeback was led by R.Fortin-Lamothe, P.Lapointe and A.Dayan, who struck very late for his fourth of the night. For how many chances both sides traded throughout the game, an open five minute overtime wasn't enough for a winner. All that was left at that point was a shootout. The selections made absolute sense-from the two sides. The Toyota Candiac made sure to send A.Dayan who didn't miss posting his fifth goal of the match. As for the Winter Soldiers, C.Kakivelis had an identical performance striking four times during the game and once in the shootout.
The C Thursday regular season came to an end. The top seven seeds will advance to the playoffs with the Bramabulls securing top spot and a first round bye. The quarter final match ups are as follows:
(2)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(7) Both teams just came off a high scoring affair against each other. That style usually doesn't bold well in playoff hockey. This match up will likely depend on how committed they'll play without the ball.
(3)Legends vs Fitforce Phoenix (6) The Legends can't take this match up for granted even though the regular season scores suggests for an easy out. The Fitforce Phoenix play a high tempo and high energy hockey, and unless the Legends play them accordingly, anything can happen.
(4)Legacy vs The Blast (5) This is the time of year that Legacy brings it up a level. The Blast will have their hands full and will need many things to go right. One in particular is to have a better start to the game, unlike tonight where they fell behind early unable to recover.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Winter Soldiers. The highly skilled forward had an incredible night, riffling four goals, collecting an assist and capitalising in a shootout.
Thursday November 21
(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)
J.Mandracchia does it again, another hat trick during a 5-1 win
The Bramabulls phenom up front continued his tear by posting another hat trick to secure a 5-1 win over the SBS Trashers. It's one thing to be streaky here and there and it's another to practically do it game in and game out. J.Mandracchia would own a lot of hats if the Bramabulls brought enough of a fan base to support the sniper. But on more serious context to the game, the SBS Trashers could have used this win badly as they continue to see their playoff hopes disappear. They knew coming in that the order was a tall one having only three changes to their bench. The game did remain close for a long stretch but that eventually changed when J.Mandracchia took over in the third period to complete his hat trick.
(4)Toyota Candiac vs The Blast (5) O.T
Toyota Candiac lose in overtime on Blast's power play goal
It was an overtime heartbreak for the Toyota Candiac who needed all but 15 seconds to secure a playoff spot. All they needed was to reach the shootout and guarantee some extra hockey in the post season. On the large part, they held their own but not enough to distance themselves against a team destined to come back. The Blast needed only 30 seconds late in the second period to tie the game on two quick tallies. With both sides trading one goal in the ensuing frame, extra time was required for a potential winner. Unfortunately for the Toyota Candiac, an untimely penalty put them in a bad spot. Reginald Morne, who likes to quarterback the power play, seized the moment by riffling the winner. Even though they dropped this contest, the Toyota Candiac still has control of their own destiny by simply accumulating one point in next week's game or to hope for the SBS Trashers to get two or less points.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Winter Soldiers (8)
Winter Soldiers eventually pull away-from Fitforce Phoenix
Heading towards the latter stages of the second period neither team had a real edge with the game all tied up at two goals apiece. By the end of it though, the Winter Soldiers found their game and pulled away on three straight goals just prior to the frame ending. The Fitforce Phoenix didn't help their cause trying to bounce back by taking a pair of penalties. The power play was able to capitalise on both attempts which clearly put the match out of reach. J.Velenosi collected two helpers early on before adding a pair of tallies in the third. Other notables include D.Lombardi, who accumulated five points and N.Gikas that was able to put two behind the opposing net minder.
(7)Legends vs Legacy (3)
Top line connects for Legends win over Legacy
You'd be hard pressed finding many trios connecting the way the Legends top line did on Thursday night. The trio of E.Mavroudis, K.Kavan and M.Destounis were off to a red hot start and never once slowed down during the game participating in all seven goals for the Legends. All three players combined for an impressive 15 points that saw E.Mavroudis hit the target four times. The Legends made sure to use their three running lines against a team that can still hurt you with fewer players. Legacy played well enough to keep the game way closer than it was by making many crisp plays only to hit a hot net minder in R.Ranieri. They may argue that their top gun Payam Assadi wasn't there as perhaps the main reason why they couldn't get much going offensively. Surely with him in the line up, things could have been different.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Reginald Morne of the Blast. After setting up a pair of teammates in regular time, the shifty defenseman came through when it mattered the most by riffling a huge power play goal to decide matters in overtime.
Wednesday November 27 (E playoffs, round 1)
(8)Fat Roy vs Screaming Eagles (3)
Fat Roy fire away in third to eliminate Screaming Eagles
With both teams facing elimination, Fat Roy played a little more desperate erupting in the third on five unanswered goals. Throughout the first two periods and change, the Screaming Eagles stood by their opponent with the game all tied up at three goals apiece. It was perhaps expected that the outcome was going to be decided by a slight margin with so much on the line. However, it wasn't the case at all. In the span of nine minutes, the tides turned and Fat Roy took over piling five straight markers. K.Fiore and J.Pantelis came up big on some terrific plays as both players each scored twice during that stretch. This result sends Fat Roy into the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy(4) There is no doubt Fat Roy are feeling good about their game. There next challenge will be against the division leaders. Winning always comes down to a variety of factors. In the case of this matchup, both teams have their strengths and will need to use them in a lengthy best of three series.
(2)Wocafloka vs Left Wings(3) Strong in all three areas of their game, both sides have enough game changers to make the difference. This one will come down to timely breaks,defensive awareness and of course goaltending.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Fat Roy. When the offense needed an awakening, J.Pantelis was able to spark it on four points that included two goals.
F Wednesday division regular season
(12)Buckshots vs Knights (6)
Dominance of top players continues to be a problem for everyone
There is no secret by now that in order for the Buckshots to slow down, teams will need to figure out on how to do so. The problem is that it isn't one or two players but four to five in particular to contain. The Knights knew they had little to no chance on this specific night having barely enough players to play the game. To their credit, they kept the contest levelled up until the five minute mark of the second period. That's when the fireworks lit up and the Buckshots whaled away scoring goal after goal. K.Kavan, E.Mavroudis, Y.Derohannessian, M.Destounis and N.Kokovidis combined for 28 points with Kavan leading the charge up front with four goals.
(4)Horsemen vs Carnage (3)
M.Mamoulides early third period power play goal was the difference on the scoreboard
With M.Mamoulides providing an early third period power play goal, the Horsemen were able to edge out an opponent that they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. That key tally came early in the final frame leaving more than enough time for an equaliser. But with M.Vinciguerra guarding the cage, the net minder was excellent and never got flustered making enough saves to preserve the lead. V.Pandza was also a factor as the captain led the way posting two tallies.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (6)
Carnage salvage night with bounce back win over Mighty Drunks
Even though it happened an hour earlier, Carnage wasn't fazed in their quest to capturing a win on a double header night. They came out pretty well as of the second period .By playing assertive, being aggressive and staying on top of the Mighty Drunks, the frame was deservingly won. J.Bourlakos widened the margin to a pair of goals after netting back to back tallies. From-there, S.Musacchio grabbed the torch and put a stamp to the night bagging three markers for another hat trick. Carnage was able to get some added production-from D.Constantineau, who set up four tallies, and the captain F.Pace that was able to accumulate three helpers.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. The top four seeds will be playing in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks (4) There is no secret on what the Mighty Drunks need to do in order to have any sort of chance. Unless T.Borgia plays on his head, and the Mighty Drunks play a smart defensive game, this round will end early for them.
(2)Carnage vs Horsemen (3) Look for this series to go either way. The Horsemen just handed Carnage a narrow 4-3 loss which suggests for a very close battle.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Musacchio of Carnage. His three timely goals helped Carnage salvage their double header night.
Tuesday November 26
(4)The Family vs Brewers (6)
Family just weren't deep enough despite good start
Sometimes teams are stuck being in an unfortunate circumstance. At the end of it all, the Family just didn't have the man power it took in order to get the result they needed. They did get off to a near perfect start roaring to a 3-1 first period lead. From-there, the Brewers felt it was only a question of time before they started to get their breaks. Eventually, they evened the score when E.Bouchard struck by the eleven minute mark of the second period. The third period was perhaps expected of the Brewers to continue their pace due to their man power. T.Fernando came through twice in a very short span to notch his fourth and provide a two goal cushion. The Family put everything on the line despite having only one player to change with. Unfortunately for them, they won't be participating in the playoffs.
(8)National vs Chiefs (3)
National making sure to get back on track
National hoped to end their little slump against the Chiefs on Tuesday night. They knew that a good start would put them right on track. After taking the opening period 2-1, the goals just came piling in for National. M.Beaudry led the charge as the solid d-man buried three for a hat trick. The captain was also very productive as M.Pinheiro set up two tallies in the first before adding a pair later on. The Chiefs struggled to contain the speed of their opponent which had them playing on their heels for most of the game.
(4)Bramabulls vs Templars(2)
G.Lipariti riffles his second to snap third period tie
G.Lipariti was able to notch his second that snapped a third period tie for the Bramabulls. Up until that point, the Bramabulls never played with the lead. That was because the Templars did all they could to protect it having to deal with only one spare. However, fatigue would play a factor and the Bramabulls would eventually seize their moment. S.Ruggiero had set up two teammates before stamping the game with an empty net goal. B.Verducci stopped nearly 30 shots to earn the win in net.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Pylons(6)
T.Settino and Pylons close out a strong regular season
It was another tremendous performance by T.Settino as his four goals enabled the Pylons to capture first place of the division and a first round bye heading into the playoffs. As a result of his scoring barrage, T.Settino claimed the scoring title finishing with 27 points. But as personal stats can sometimes be gratifying, the Pylons centre man has bigger and more obvious ambitions in front of him. The Pylons are glad to skip the first round in a division that has all seven teams as potential winners. For now, they'll reflect on a great regular season, but will be more focused on an even more important post season ahead of them.
With the Pylons securing first place and an automatic spot to the semi finals, the first round matches are as follows:
(2)National vs Devil Dawgz(7) National will be quicker overall as a team and dictate much of the pace. Despite all that however, the Devil Dawgz strengths rely on their man on man coverage while depending on a couple of key pieces to score.
(3)Brewers vs Chiefs (6) Both these teams have a lot of similarities. So close that anything can happen. The Chiefs will need A.Benedetto to elevate his game between the pipes. If they get the goaltending required, the Brewers will have their hands full.
(4)Bramabulls vs Templars(5) This is a battle that both sides will look forward to lacing their shoes. So much will be on the line for two teams that don't want to lose this particular match up. It should be stingy, intense but yet exciting. A betting man would be a fool to take one team over the other for how evenly matched they are.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. As he's been an instrumental centre piece for his team all year long, T.Settino finished off his season in style, providing four goals to ensure him the scoring title with 27 points.
Monday November 25
Degenerates able to shake off a slow start
While the Degenerates had nothing going for them early on, the Ice Breakers were gaining momentum leading comfortably 2-0 by the mid way point of the second period. And although it wasn't their ideal start, things eventually turned around fro the Degenerates. Twenty eight seconds was all it took for S.Marricco and A.Lanni to respond and dust off the cobwebs. From-there, neither side had a real edge as they settled for a draw. But one thing that did carry over was the desire and dedication-from the Degenerates part to try and capture the win. This time, they took the lead and played it to their advantage. S.Fabrici used a one timer to get the ball rolling, and for a second straight game, S.Marricco and A.Lanni were able to score. The Ice Breakers attempted 18 shots towards J.Atch who denied all of them to earn the shutout.
(3)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (3) S.O
(0)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3)
N.Gilbert leads charge for Venom
N.Gilbert will keep showing game in and game out how significant he is to his team. After netting a shorthanded marker that stuck for the winner, N.Gilbert was just getting started offering more to come. The crafty defenseman played like he was on a mission bagging two more goals while adding a shootout tally. Venom would have preferred a better outcome but won't mind settling for the draw after trailing 2-0. M-A Piche scored once in both games for the Orient and could have decided the outcome in the shootout only to be denied by M.Trivisonno.
(1)Orient vs Venom (2)
(4)Venom vs Orient (4) S.O
Late comeback sparks Punishers to consecutive wins over Legacy
With the Punishers in jeopardy of dropping their opening game versus Legacy, M.Arkalis came up big collecting three straight points in the last two minutes. To his help, C.Gingras set him up while providing the go ahead marker. Legacy appeared to be fine with E.Girouard filling up the opposite net with three tallies. That was up until a late push back flipped the direction of the game. It was evident that Legacy didn't have the same assertion in the following match. And even though they struck first very early on, Legacy felt their way to yanking control of the game by giving up four straight markers. During that time,C.Gingras continued his dominance by collecting three more points that included two goals.
(3)Legacy vs Punishers (5)
(4)Punishers vs Legacy (2)
1 Timer in awe of M.Carpentier's gigantic night
It was just unfortunate that the Dragons were on the other side of a player that couldn't be stopped. Throughout both games, M.Carpentier was steaming hot registering six goals, an assist and a clever shootout marker. The 1 Timer out matched the Dragons in every aspect of the game en route to an easy 8-1 win. Clearly, they weren't happy with the way things ended, especially for a side with that much experience and pride. There would be no doubt that the second encounter would be way closer. The Dragons, although they couldn't wrap it up in regulation time, found away to earn the win in a shootout. D.Gagnon and E.Girouard came through using their patented moves to figure out F.Koch while P.Assadi stopped two of three attempts.
(1)Dragons vs 1 Timer(8)
(4)1 Timer vs Dragons(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Carpentier of the 1 Timer. His dominance and artistry was on full display Monday night as he was able to collect a ton of points along with a remarkable back hand goal in the shootout.
Friday November 22
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers (3)
G.Nehme scores late fluky goal to lead Brewers over Devil Dawgz
Sometimes it takes pure luck in a hockey game to determine a winner. Both sides couldn't have played a more evenly matched game such as this one. At no point did one side have an advantage after both opening frames. Adding to that, two defensemen got the scoring done. K.Araujo tallied twice for the Devil Dawgz as did K.Tsoukalas for the Brewers. And while both teams were preparing to head for extra time, the hockey gods decided otherwise. G.Nehme innocently shot the ball -from his own zone that somehow found its way through M.Trivisonno .For the Brewers, it didn't matter how as long as they got to celebrate the win. However, that goal may sting the Devil Dawgz for the time being as they sit and wait to see what happens in other games that have serious playoff implications.
(4)Chiefs vs Templars(5) O.T
Chiefs fall short in overtime after late comeback
Despite a late rally, the Chiefs couldn't get it done in overtime as they dropped key points to the Templars. The Chiefs had so much on the line entering tonight's game and didn't have much to show for up until it was too late. Even though they mounted a desperate comeback on three straight tallies, playing half a period just won't cut it. In the end, they paid the price as they now face a similar problem like the Devil Dawgz and the Family for the last pair of playoff spots. What makes this even more disheartening was that they couldn't take advantage of a short bench. The Templars played it smart, building a lead while relying on a solid defensive game. S.Fabrici delivered two heat seeking missiles, one being the overtime winner-from a distance that found its way into the meshing.
(6)Bramabulls vs National (1)
Bulls depth pays high dividends
Unhappy with last week's performance, the Bramabulls bounced back with authority, cuts and tenacity in their convincing win over National. S.Ruggiero scored a pair of first period goals and the Bramabulls were off to the races making life very difficult for a struggling opponent. It seemed no matter how hard they tried,National had nothing going right for them. There only bright moment came at a time when the game was nearly put to rest. S.Laplante had the satisfaction of spoiling G.Follano's shutout, who was brilliant and perfect till that point. Marco Diaco also scored twice in the win while P.Bertone helped set up three markers.
(3)The Family vs Pylons (6)
Family show character but still fall short
Falling behind 3-0 in the first period alone is never a good sign. The Family entered this match with plenty on the line but were caught off guard against a team running on all cylinders. They did however draw life when M-A Daaha scored at the buzzer of the opening frame. From-that point on, the Family regrouped and came out a lot harder causing plenty of turnovers that resulted in a few scoring chances. Luckily enough for the Pylons, O.Caillet kept his composure and went about his business making the key saves. M.Salerno was the only player to score twice while D.Charbonneau continues to score as a defenseman by notching the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Fabrici of the Templars. The steady defenseman demonstrated how lethal his slap shot is. Both his goals came at a rapid rate that included the sudden death winner.
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Wednesday November 20
(2)Horsemen vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Mighty Drunks secure playoff berth after impressive third period
Needing a clean cut victory, the Mighty Drunks were able to celebrate their trip to the post season after defeating the Horsemen on Wednesday night. The offense did hit a dry spell for the first two periods but the game was well within reach as they trailed only 1-0.Once S.Archambualt struck early in the third, the Mighty Drunks knew there was more to come. M.Pinheiro and M.Gibeault followed up with two quick tallies and M.Mogianesi put a stamp to their night by feeding an empty cage. The Horsemen, considering their lack of players, played it right keeping the game very close for as long as they could. It was only a question of time before the Mighty Drunks deep roster would take over.
(7)Buckshots vs Carnage (2)
Buckshots offense keep rolling as they top Carnage
The Buckshots continued their roll toward the postseason by dealing a convincing victory over the second seed Carnage. There is no doubt the Buckshot are taking the right strides as they seek bigger and better things to come. With K.Kavan and E.Mavroudis continuously causing havoc, it seems no teams have yet to figure out on how to stop them. Both players shared two goals each and aren't planning on slowing down anytime soon. Overall, it was just another day at the office for the division leaders.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Left Wings (5) O.T
M.Morin hits his fourth in overtime
M.Morin finished off the Fatal Demons in overtime with his fourth goal of the night. Morin scored late in the sudden death frame completing what was a remarkable performance. Three of his four goals couldn't have come at e better time for the Left Wings. The Fatal Demons appeared to be in control riding a 4-2 lead heading into the final frame, that was up until M.Morin morphed into an elite all star netting three unanswered goals. To his help, G.Gaitanis and D.Provost-Jarry chipped in accumulating three points each. It came in a losing cause but M.Destounis was a force collecting a hat trick.
(7)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(6) S.O
Fat Roy goes the distance to clinch playoff spot
It didn't matter how, but Fat Roy needed this win in order to extend their season. They could have regulated it in normal time riding what appeared to be a comfortable 4-1 lead. The problem was that they squandered it with just over four minutes remaining. The Wocafloka woke up-from the dead on three very late goals. Clearly, that sequence took the legs out of the Fat Roy bench. But with still an opportunity to getting it done in the shootout, the bench remained confident knowing they had the three right players to take the attempts. Amazingly enough, C.Diamontopolous, N.Gikas and M.Tvaronas all scored which was necessary with Wocafloka connecting twice on their three attempts. Many things had to go right for Fat Roy on this night, and one major reason for the win can be attributed to N.Gikas, who notched three goals in regulation time along with a shootout marker.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of Fat Roy. In what was a must win for Fat Roy, N.Gikas was masterful netting a hat trick along with a shootout goal.
The E Wednesday regular season came to end. With the top five seeds advancing, the fourth place Fat Roy will take on the fifth place Screaming Eagles in a one game playoff. The top three seeds will be placed automatically in a best of three semi final round.
Monday November 18
Legacy finding ways to win
It was a very successful night for Legacy as they were able to defeat the 1 Timer both times. And although the results came in, Legacy didn't really have their best games. The 1 Timer looked hungrier and used their speed that caused plenty of fits to the defense and F.Baratta between the pipes. Fortunately enough, A.Stamiris bailed them out in the first contest on two wrist shots that had enough torque and speed to beat F.Koch. With that game out of the way, the 1 Timer were able to put it behind them quickly and jumped to a perfect start on two quick goals. However, it took only 19 seconds towards the end of the first period for Legacy to respond on two quick goals of their own. K.Kavan had set up both markers before adding two for him in the ensuing frame. Both these results came as an example of how very good teams find ways to win.
(4)Legacy vs 1 Timer (3)
(3)1 Timer vs Legacy (6)
Ice Breakers surge in only 2 minutes to split with Excalibur
A two minute scoring spree was all the Ice Breakers needed in order to trade wins with the Excalibur on Monday night. After dropping a close 2-1 game, and after falling behind early in the second match, N.Merrachi, M.Boghossian and G.Miville-Goulet each scored in that very short span to put their club in the drivers seat. The Excalibur found it extremely difficult at that point to get back into it, especially against a team that doesn't stop running while continuously pressuring you with the ball. Luckily enough, they got the first one in the bag, and in large part due to S.Sauk, who allowed only one goal on 20 shots. S.Ruggiero bagged the winner while J.Azoulay and A.Fonrose collected two points each.
(2)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (1)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (2)
Degenerates commit to a pair of perfect games vs Chic Choc
It was a night that the Degenerates could do no wrong. Throughout the entire four periods, every single player committed to doing their part. The offense connected, the defense was sound, and J.Atch was nearly flawless except for one time when J-R Lemay finally beat him. Prior to tonight's games, the Degenerates haven't been at their best whatsoever riding a very long inconsistent rough patch. But, sometimes it takes a couple of games to regain some confidence as teams often go through adversity. These wins came at a very good time in the season with the playoffs looming just around the corner. S.Marricco had the most with a total of three goals, but more importantly, the team gelled playing their best games yet.
(4)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (0)
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (6)
P.Lapointe and Armadillos find answers in second encounter
The Armadillos made sure to put out a better effort in the second game as anything less just wouldn't cut it for J.Kontitsis. The Dragons took the first encounter owning the second frame on three unanswered goals. B.Daniele notched two out of the three tallies that came in a very short span. Unhappy with the way things ended, the second game was a complete turn of events for the Armadillos. Clearly, they were more energized and fully awake wanting nothing less than to avoid a second straight let down. Leading the way up front was P.Lapointe, who scored twice in the first period as part of a four goal performance. This time, the Armadillos put themselves in a position to play with the lead where the Dragons just didn't have the answers to make a game of it.
(4)Dragons vs Armadillos (1)
(7)Armadillos vs Dragons (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Lapointe of the Armadillos. After surrendering the first game to the Dragons, the Armadillos needed a spark in their second encounter. P.Lapointe provided it by striking four times to finish off on a high note.
Tuesday November 20
Armadillos save their best for last for a second straight night
Finding itself in trouble again early on, the Armadillos had to wait once more for their second encounter to even the score with the Orient. The Orient knew they had the game in their hands after a solid opening frame where they built a 3-1 lead. J.Mavuanga did not score but was responsible for making three goals happen. The winner came on a power play chance courtesy of B.Cabral. It was only a day ago that the Armadillos found themselves in a similar position. They dropped their opener but managed to respond and leave with some points to the standings. Tonight was a near carbon copy as M.Pololos made the best of his chances scoring twice that included the winner.
(4)Orient vs Armadillos (2)
(3)Armadillos vs Orient (2)
Punishers use one good period in split with Legacy
For about three full periods, the Punishers were completely outplayed by Legacy. It was a lopsided first game that you usually see at a pee wee level. K.Kavan looked like he was playing pond hockey and did pretty much what he wanted striking five times while setting up Y.Derohannessian, who bagged a pair. Yes, they overmatched them in the first game but the Punishers weren't planning on embarrassing themselves for second time. And although it wasn't as convincing, they did manage to return the favor by capturing the win. However, it took the last two minutes of the game for the order to come in. Legacy was riding a slight 2-1 lead until two very late goals flipped the script. T.Karvouriaris tied it right before A.Sarigiannis gave the Punishers its first lead of the night.
(3)Punishers vs Legacy (8)
(2)Legacy vs Punishers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of Legacy. Unstoppable in the first match vs the Punishers, K.Kavan was in a league of his own riffling five markers and a helper.
Friday November 15
(6)Brewers vs Chiefs (4)
Chiefs can't find legs in first two periods, comeback falls short against Brewers
Even though they were at their worse for two periods, the Chiefs nearly overcame it only to fall short in the end. Things looked promising for the Chiefs when they strung three straight goals in the third period to even the score. By that point, they were working hard and got paid their dividends up until a late play shifted the momentum back to the Brewers. T.Michalidis avoided what was going to be a potential dreadful finish by snapping the very late tie. T.Fernando then put the final stamp feeding an empty cage collecting his second goal as the only player to score twice between the two sides.
(1)Bramabulls vs Pylons (10)
Pylons keep rolling along in rout of Bramabulls
Despite having a short bench, the Pylons remained patient and simply waited for their chances. They were able to build on key areas like playing well with the ball and defending the rush when the Bramabulls would try and create something. Another key area came-from their active defensemen joining the play. Amazingly enough, D.Charbonneau and T.Bergomi provided most of the scoring as both players shared hat tricks. It always helps having extra options on attack and the Pylons used it to their advantage knowing their d-men can produce. O.Caillet, although not too busy was solid early on when the game was still within reach for the Bramabulls.
(3)Family vs Devil Dawgz(2) O.T
M-A Daaha, a huge reason why the Family are still in it
Although they would have preferred a regulation win, the Family won't be complaining much after this result. By collecting two points thanks to an overtime finish-from M-A Daaha, the standings just got more interesting between three teams trying to avoid last place. The Devil Dawgz did most of what they needed to do considering the circumstances. Due to their very short bench, they managed to grab a 2-0 lead and protect it for as long as they could. The problem was that they had to challenge a squad just as desperate, but with a much deeper line up. Eventually, the hard work and grinding effort would pay off for the Family. Apart-from his game winning goal, M-A Daaha was an absolute force scoring twice while setting up K.Kolakowski.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Moulay-Ayad Daaha of the Family. The relentless forward never let up, and by working hard as he's done all season, the Family are still alive thanks to his two big goals and assist.
Thursday November 14
(3)The Blast vs Bramabulls(1)
Blast hand Bulls first defeat in penalty parade game
The misbehavin Bramabulls saw their perfect streak come to an end on Thursday night. The Blast played with an edge and brought a lot to the table in game that they really wanted to win. The contest was heated for most of the night as both sides appeared to be more physical and intense than usual. Three out of the four goals came on the special teams. C.Paris and Rubens Morne scored with the man advantage for the Blast while J.Mandracchia was patient enough to wait out D.Massa on a crafty finish for a shorthanded marker. It's not often the Blast show up full squad, but tonight they did and showed how effective they are no matter who they play. Rubens Morne added a late tally for his second after receiving a feed-from D.Provost-Jarry, who collected a pair of assists.
(9)Winter Soldiers vs Legacy(5)
Rare double hat tricks pace Winter Soldiers
A.Kakivelis and C.Kakivelis each scored hat tricks on Thursday night as the Winter Soldiers pounded Legacy 9-5. The game appeared to be headed for a blowout with the Winter Soldiers roaring to a 5-0 lead. Then, in the span of only four and half minutes, the alarm bells started to sound off for the Winter Soldiers. A.Stamiris set up four goals with primary assists that saw S.Athanasopoulos benefit twice. Legacy hoped to carry their momentum into the third period, but was short lived as the Winter Soldiers regained their footing on three quick goals. Playing with only two changes clearly didn't help Legacy against a deeper and fired up squad.
(3)Toyota Candiac vs SBS Trashers(2)
Toyota Candiac keep playoff hope alive against struggling Trashers
There is still some life left in the Toyota Candiac season, after all. With both teams trying to earn a playoff spot, it was the Toyota Candiac that emerged with a pivotal win. The SBS Trashers showed more urgency early on taking the first period 2-1. Eventually though, the Toyota Candiac would get the break they needed when P.Lapointe scored late in the second period to even the score. It was only fitting that the two sides had all but a period to play their most important hockey so far. That being said, something would have to give, and when considering the circumstances, the next goal would have likely decided matters. K.Tsoukalas was the one to earn the spotlight as the veteran came through with less than five minutes remaining. That lead proved to be more than enough in a period that was treated like a do or die battle. Still, nothing is yet decided, but this win definitely puts the Toyota Candiac in the driver's seat with only two games remaining.
(2)Fitforce Phoenix vs Legends (12)
Legends go on scoring spree to defeat Fitforce Phoenix
Just about everything went right for the Legends in this lopsided affair. From-the drop of the ball, they were ready to go and immediately put the Fitforce Phoenix on its heels. The score was already 5-0 after only one period for the Legends which clearly deflated their opponent. It wasn't like they dominated in possession but they made sure to generate enough quality when having the ball. Leading the charge up front was M.Destounis, who likes to pride himself as passer but decided to change it up by riffling five goals. E.Mavroudis was expected to get at least three tallies out of the twelve that went in, and K.Kavan along with A.Zarzour racked up combining for eleven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Toyota Candiac. After a sluggish start to the night, P.Assadi responded with a flawless performance in net that earned him and his club a much needed win.
Wednesday November 13
(3)Fat Roy vs Fatal Demons (6)
Fatal Demons lean on experience in final stretch of regular season
The Fatal Demons are headed in the right direction with their season winding down. In a game that had important implications to the standings, the Fatal Demons were able to walk away with the victory. J.DeSua responded immediately after K.Fiore got the Fat Roy on board only 31 second into the game. DeSua wasn't done yet as he struck early in the second frame providing a 3-1 lead. Despite a ton of hockey left over, Fat Roy had their hands full going up against an experienced side that know how to protect a lead. This result forces Fat Roy to collect some points in their remaining game. The good news is that they control their own destiny if they can pick up a win.
(3)Horsemen vs Carnage (4)
Carnage use special teams to rout Horsemen
At this stage of the season, it's all the little things that will matter to make the difference between winning and losing. The Horsemen may have looked fine playing even strength hockey but were nowhere close in being effective when up or down a man. Giving up a power play goal or two can be acceptable at times. The problem however was that they let Carnage distance themselves by giving up a shorthanded goal as well. S.Musacchio, who already established himself as a game changer struck with the man short while providing three points. Despite falling behind in deep hole, the Horsemen needed all but three minutes to even the score. That sequence set the stage for a 3-3 third period where Carnage benefited for a second time on the power play courtesy of D.Constantineau.
(10)Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks (6)
Four headed monster Buckshots keep paving the way
There explosive offense has been on an absolute tear throughout the entire season. Prior to this game, the Buckshots have yet to drop points unless you count the tie against the Mighty Drunks earlier in the season. The Mighty Drunks know they can compete with the Buckshots but it would need to take everything to go right. Unfortunately, they couldn't address their defensive game well enough which seems to be a reoccurring problem for any opponent. With at least four players that can hurt you at any given time, teams often find it difficult containing them. K.Kavan, M.Destounis, E.Mavroudis and Y.Derohannessian combined for a ridiculous 20 points with Kavan leading the way in the scoring department with four tallies. The Mighty Drunks did have M.Gibeault take charge posting a hat trick and Y.Dube right behind him with a pair of goals.
(4)United vs Left Wings (3)
United rally to keep season alive after trailing by two in third period
Just as United hopes of keeping their playoff push appeared to be blown away, something special happened in the third period. Down 3-1 while entering potentially their last fifteen minutes of the season, A.Tachejian was a big part of the rescue mission bagging two big goals that included the winner with only two minutes left on the clock. This isn't and likely won't be the last time Tachejian prompts his team for good things to happen. For the time being, United is in a playoff spot but will need some help -from one of two teams in order to get in.
(5)Screaming Eagles vs Wocafloka(4)
A.Ponzo pots late winner to cap wild finish
The Screaming Eagles somehow found a way to win. Granted, they were up 4-2 as the game was winding down but then everything changed in a blink of an eye. You are only asking for trouble when taking three consecutive penalties late in the game. Clearly, the Screaming Eagles had a brain cramp as their 4-2 lead with just over a minute remaining took only seconds for A.Agudelo to score twice on the power play. There was no doubt that Wocafloka put themselves in a position to hit the jugular as they still had time with the man advantage to steal the match. But with hockey sometimes being twisted, the opposite happened. A.Ponzo, already with a first period goal, flipped the emotions-from both clubs as he buried the winner leaving only 14 seconds on the clock.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Ponzo of the Screaming Eagles. In what looked like was going to haunt the Screaming Eagles for days to come, A.Ponzo stopped the nightmare just in time by riffling a huge game winning shorthanded goal late in the game.
Monday November 11
Y.Gazura's late marker helps rebound Dragons in second game vs Armadillos
The Dragons looked to be headed for victory when S.Robineault blasted his second late in the game to beat F.Moshonas short side. However, it didn't take long for a response by the Armadillos to force the extra time. D.Andrade made two brilliant plays to rescue the Armadillos in the first encounter. After tying the game very late, Andrade was able to bury one in the shootout that held up for the winner. Clearly the Dragons didn't digest the late collapse and made sure to address a better outing in the ensuing match. The following game proved to be just as close except that it was decided in regulation. Y.Gazura scored late and the Dragons returned the favor to split their miniseries with the Armadillos. S.Robineault continued-from where he left off adding two more tallies for the Dragons while P.Lapointe matched him on a pair of markers for the Armadillos.
(5)Armadillos vs Dragons (4) S.O
(5)Dragons vs Armadillos (4)
Venom's effort falls short as Punishers take both games
Venom used a line up that had enough of what it takes to compete with the Punishers, but unfortunately it just wasn't enough as they dropped two very close games. The Punishers, having all of their regulars made the most of their chances getting balanced scoring. M.Arkalis bagged two in the first encounter and M.Melo was stellar allowing only one goal on 18 shots. Both teams were neck in neck for most of the second game with each side trading two first period goals. It took all but a five minute sequence for the Punishers to raise their level of punishment. Three goals went in during that time which forced Venom to play catch up the rest of the way. And despite being down, they did put up a fight only to fall short by a goal. The win had no heroes or superstars as six different players chipped in with goals. A.Sarigiannis didn't find the back of the net but did set up three teammates while M.Arkalis added three more points to an already productive night.
(3)Punishers vs Venom (1)
(5)Venom vs Punishers (6)
1 Timer hammer Orient to collect 6 clean points
The 1 Timer took control of both games while leaving the Orient shaken. Granted, the first one was close and ultimately decided towards the end when T.Daigneault snapped a 3-3 tie. In hopes of responding with a better effort, the second game was way worse for the Orient. P-A Surprenant took the steam out of his opponent striking twice in only two and a half minutes into the game. By the time the first period ended, the 1 Timer were well on their way to a second straight victory carrying a 4-1 lead. K.Certosini scored twice with the help of M.Carpentier, who collected three points. The only area that the Orient will look back at and be pleased with was the play of B.Cabral. The skilled forward did more than his share bagging five out of his clubs six goals.
(3)Orient vs 1 Timer (4)
(6)1 Timer vs Orient (3)
Ice Breakers and Degenerates go the distance in both games
The Ice Breakers resiliency and determination helped them earn extra points versus the Degenerates. Although the first encounter was played more in their control as they never once faltered their lead, the second one was where they elevated it a notch higher to force a second shootout. The Degenerates went up 2-0 and 3-2 only to see it evaporate. M.Boghossian converted twice during the match while setting the tone in the breakaways to beat J.Atch. The winner did belong to B.Freitas only because A.Lanni responded for the Degenerates. Overall, both games were extremely close as they ended up in extra time. Out of their five total goals, A.Lanni had his hand in all of them. The pesky forward had three goals, two assists and both shootout markers for the Degenerates.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (5) S.O
Chic Choc keeping it simple in battle of depleted benches
By applying smart defense, timely chances and steady goaltending, the Chic Choc had the right approach in handing the Excalibur two losses on Monday night. The Chic Choc stuck with their effective game plan hunkering down defensively en route to a convincing 5-1 victory. The Excalibur did create more offense in the second game but continued to struggle without the ball. They gave up five goals in both games unable to contain a team with barely a changeup. J-P Morneau led the attack bagging four goals while M.Laroche was right behind him striking three times.
(5)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (1)
(4)Excalibur vs Chic Choc(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-P Morneau of the Chic Choc. Despite having to play a ton of minutes, that didn't slow down J-P Morneau for a second as he was able to produce six points that included four goals.
Friday November 8
(2)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(3) O.T
Brewers rally to force overtime but lose to Devil Dawgz
After a strong two periods of hockey, the Devil Dawgz earned them a 2-0 lead heading into the third, but it wasn't good enough to close out the deal in regulation time. It took the three minute mark of overtime for the J.Melo and the Devil Dawgz to pull through. In what seemed like an innocent play, J.Melo put enough mustard in his screened wrist shot to beat G.Platanitis. There was no doubt Platanitis would have loved to have that one back. It just goes to show that anything can happen when you put the ball on net. Prior to that point, J.Constantin put the Devil Dawgz in the driver's seat by providing a pair of tallies. The end result proved to be vital for the Devil Dawgz as they try and distance themselves -from last place.
(7)Pylons vs National (3)
Relentless Pylons hand National their first defeat
National's unbeaten season came to an end under the weight of their inability to penetrate the Pylons defensive game. The Pylons zipped to an early 3-1 lead and used it to their full advantage throughout the entire game. Yes, there were moments that National dominated possession, but when a team bears down defensively while relying on a solid goaltender, it makes it all that much more difficult to produce. T.Settino was the only player to score twice that included the winner. National had more than their fair share of shots and scoring chances but were stuck dealing with a thorn between the pipes. C.Stavriadis was simply that good making plenty of basic saves that never allowed National to get back in the game.
(4)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(10)
Good start turns into a horrible finish for the Chiefs
Considering their start to the game, the Chiefs looked ready and poised for a decent outcome. Then, the wheels came off, and the Chiefs fell off a cliff never to be seen. The Bramabulls bombarded the Chiefs with ten goals in a game that went extremely right for one club and the opposite for the other. Four goals came-from S.Ruggiero while F.Bchara chipped in with a pair and two assists. This is a game that the Chiefs need to quickly forget and focus on what to do right entering their final stretch.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jason Melo of the Devil Dawgz. With the season winding down while in search of crucial points, J.Melo provided two big ones for the standings after riffling a tricky wrist shot to decide the game in overtime.
Thursday November 7
(6)Bramabulls vs Toyota Candiac(3)
Unstoppable J.Mandracchia keeps netting hat tricks
J.Mandracchia seems to have a flair for the big moments. It's not like the Bramabulls need to depend on him game in game out with an already deep line up. Surely, they won't be complaining as it's now expected of him knowing that he can't be stopped. Once again,J.Mandracchia completed another third period hat trick scoring two out of his three goals in the final frame. The Toyota Candiac entered the match with way more urgency as their playoff hopes are on the line. Unfortunately, they just didn't have answers on how to slow down the Bramabulls offense while going scoreless for two full periods. G.Follano was tested throughout most of the night but stood his ground when it mattered the most enabling the Bramabulls to play with the lead.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Legends (4)
C.Fortin, E.Gabrielli grind out hard fought points
By keeping it simple, the Legends did what they needed to do in order to defeat the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. It helps when your net minder has a strong game while one of your leaders provides key goals. E.Gabrielli set the tone by going to the net where he connected twice to get the better of R.Pampena. The Legends felt good about their overall game even though the lead was narrow. Eventually, the SBS Trashers got on board when M.Menassa used a tricky back hand shot to beat C.Fortin short side. Still, the Legends weren't panicking and regained their two goal cushion courtesy of A.Zarzour. That lead proved to be more than sufficient as they bleed the clock to their advantage.
(0)Fitforce Phoenix vs Legacy (1)
Legacy survives with late goal by M.DoCouto
Goaltending was the story as neither side ever got to them until a very late play. Prior to M.DoCouto's desperate shot late in the game, M.Chamoun kept making endless saves to keep the game scoreless for the Fitforce Phoenix. The same is too said for F.Baratta, who denied all 22 shots in order to collect a shutout. Teams understand that you never know what can happen when you shoot on net. M.DoCouto didn't have much of an option and did what any other player would do when time is winding down. By simply putting it on net, the ball had eyes as it traveled three quarters of the court to find its way behind Chamoun. Sometimes it takes a fluky goal to decide things and Legacy will take it having only two change ups to their bench. That was the one area the Fitforce Phoenix hoped to have taken advantage of. In the end, Legacy played it smart while patiently waiting for their opportunity.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frank Baratta of Legacy. The net minder turned away plenty of scoring chances and stymied the Fitforce Phoenix to pick up a shutout.
Wednesday November 6
(8)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Carnage jump out early in rout of Mighty Drunks
Carnage set the tone early as they delivered with three straight goals to put an immediate strangle hold on the match. However, the Mighty Drunks did finish the frame strong on a pair of power play goals to pull themselves within one. Strangely enough, the second period was almost a carbon copy of the first as the same pattern repeated itself. After giving up three straight markers, M.Pinheiro gave the Mighty Drunks some hope by rattling off two consecutive goals to keep the game within reach. And even though they finished both frames strong, the third and final period belonged only to Carnage as they closed it out on two unanswered tallies. It would have been expected for S.Musacchio to net at least one of his clubs eight goals, but the sniper decided to change his role by setting up five goals instead.
(9)Screaming Eagles vs Fatal Demons (4)
E.Skafidas third period rampage sinks the Fatal Demons
E.Skafidas collected six points in the third period alone to spark a comeback that sent the roaring Screaming Eagles to defeat the Fatal Demons. The Screaming Eagles forward went off like fire cracker riffling four goals and two assists to put an exclamation point on the match. The Fatal Demons normally protect their lead well, especially when preserving it heading into the final frame. And it's not like they had a disadvantage in their body count compared to the Screaming Eagles, who were way shorter in that department. This collapse and failure to put the game away was clearly caused by not containing one particular player.
(2)Knights vs Horsemen (3) O.T
Horsemen rally in third to down Knights in overtime
Two power play opportunities couldn't have come at a better time for the Horsemen. Down 2-0 heading into the final frame, M.Kardum and V.Pandza were finally able to kick start their offense by providing two markers with the man advantage. Then, the knockout punch was delivered when J-K Cazeneuve came through in the sudden death frame. Throughout most of the match, the Knights were in control getting some limited offense along with S.Sauk frustrating their opponent by making timely saves. Unfortunately, they ran into some penalty problems which ultimately they paid the price for.
(4)Screaming Eagles vs United (3)
E.Skafidas , not done riding his hot hands
After coming off a ridiculous six point performance in an earlier match, E.Skafidas wasn't done yet with his night. And although he didn't put up crazy numbers, one moment was all it took to merit some acolytes. The Screaming Eagles let go of a 3-0 lead but were able to recover when E.Skafidas bagged the overtime winner. To his help, S.Hrivnak was perhaps the catalyst behind the win as he provided points in all four goals that included three helpers. United didn't get a great start to their night but were definitely better for two straight periods only to get a little unlucky in the end. A.Tachejian, H.Jerjian and G.Jerjian did all of the damage in the loss as the three players combined for five points.
(11)Buckshots vs Horsemen (6)
Horsemen run out of steam after gruelling double header night
Granted, for nearly half the game, the Horsemen hung in there with a more energized opponent. Then, they fell to the hands of one particular player. In the second period alone, E.Mavroudis killed the game by riffling four straight goals for the Buckshots. That sequence alone was enough to convince both sides where this contest was headed. The Buckshots had all but one period to ride after grabbing a 7-4 lead against a team that played earlier. Other notables include K.Kavan, who scored once while setting up seven goals, and Y.Derohannessian that collected five points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Evan Skafidas of the Screaming Eagles. There was no doubt that E.Skafidas was instrumental in both wins of a double header night for the Screaming Eagles. After single handily winning a third period on six points in his first encounter, E.Skafidas capped off a great night by bagging the overtime winner in his second match.
Monday November 4
Chic Choc finish strong to draw even with Ice Breakers
The Chic Choc found a way to save their best for last. Their finest moments came in the last frame of the second encounter where the notched three consecutive goals to split their miniseries with the Ice Breakers. Prior to that game, M.Boghossian came through very late in the opening match to snap a 2-2 tie. Taking a lengthy penalty didn't help the Ice Breakers in the second match. The game was winding down when the Chic Choc were awarded a six minute power play opportunity. And despite so little time left over, the game was decided on two power play goals. Y.Belkassem buried his second for the go ahead marker and M.Ethier put the icing on the cake striking only seconds apart.
(2)Chic Choc vs Ice Breakers (3)
(1)Ice Breakers vs Chic Choc (3)
J.Mandracchia had himself a J.Mandracchia kind of night
In both games versus the Dragons, the dynamic forward accumulated a ton of points that included two game winners. J.Mandracchia just keeps on ticking and even though the Dragons were aware of his mission on Monday night, there wasn't much they could have done to contain him. Both games were fairly close but Venom did find a way to get an edge. M.Trivisonno looked sharp and in control collecting a pair of clean victories between the pipes. The Dragons scored a total of six goals in the two games that saw P.Cardillo, A.Zarzour and G.DeMarinis riffle two tallies apiece.
(3)Venom vs Dragons (2)
(4)Dragons vs Venom (7)
Degenerates overcome late collapse to salvage their night in a shootout
After allowing the Excalibur to overcome a late two goal deficit in the second encounter, the Degenerates found themselves playing extra hockey. It wasn't there ideal finish, but they did manage to take it in the breakaways courtesy of T.Bergomi's lone shootout marker. T.Bergomi missed the first contest where the Excalibur had their way for most of the match en route to an easy 7-3 win. There was no doubt that his presence was felt as he played most of the game that resulted in two goals as a defenseman. The Excalibur pulled their net minder S.Sauk for an extra attacker in a necessary gamble that paid off. N.Katsifolis and M-E Julien came through in the final minute to even the score and force the extra time.
(7)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
(4)Degenerates vs Excalibur (3) S.O
Armadillos amp up their game in second encounter after lopsided defeat to Legacy
In their first game versus Legacy, the vast gulf of difference in quality between the two teams was apparent. Giving up five goals in only eight minutes was simply unacceptable for J.Kontitsis and the rest of the Armadillos. That vicious sequence took place as of the two minute mark of the contest where Legacy bombarded their opponent on efforts-from five different goal scorers. G.Panagiotopoulos didn't find the back of the net but was a part of making four goals happen. There was no doubt the Armadillos came out ready to play their second game. By addressing a more specific game plan, the adjustments were made for a much closer game. After trading two goals each in the first period, K.Kavan used a fairly late marker to put Legacy in front. Still, the Armadillos weren't calling it quits as a late desperate play resulted in an equalizer by T.Baltzis with only 3 seconds left on the clock. From-there, Legacy came out on top scoring twice in three shootout attempts. It is worth noting that P.Chiotis of Legacy shocked everyone in the building on a filthy shootout goal that probably nobody has ever seen.
(1)Armadillos vs Legacy (7)
(5)Legacy vs Armadillos (4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of Venom. The skilled forward was a force collecting six points in both games versus the Dragons that included two game winners.
Friday November 1
(7)Pylons vs Brewers (5)
Pylons grind out a hard fought battle with Brewers
Grinding out games may be the Pylons formula for the foreseeable future. With players continuously out of the line-up, the Pylons know they will have to find different ways to win. There will be at times where it doesn't look pretty like in the case versus the Brewers. Both teams matched up well against one another which suggested for a close game. The contest was ultimately decided on a late play when T.Settino used his one timer-from the slot area to gain the lead. The Brewers will look back at a couple of key moments that could have swung the match the other way. Despite the loss, A.Lanni continues his tear as the captain had a monster night collecting five points that included a hat trick.
(2)Templars vs National (5)
Templars can't keep up with National
Even though the Templars got a perfect start to the game, it was still farfetched to think that they would overcome a stacked National team. It could have been the case if the Templars played with a full deck as well. But with only three changes to their bench, the inevitable eventually happened. National responded with five unanswered goals getting a pair of key tallies-from Rubens Morne. O.Valiquette knotted the winner and M.Pinheiro had a normal night for his standards collecting three points.
(5)Chiefs vs The Family (7)
Solid all around effort puts the Family on the map
It's hard to call this stage of the season as a must win, but for the Family, this one was about as close as one can be. Fortunately, they responded with a brilliant effort to collecting their first win of the season. It just went to show how everyone pulled their weight as seven different players found the back of the net. Both sides never had an edge after the two first periods. As they entered the third knotted at five goals apiece, the Family took advantage of a power play opportunity thanks to a blistering slap shot -from T.Sebastiani. The Chiefs were than awarded a power play chance as well but were unable to convert despite pulling out their net minder for a two man advantage. A.Zarzour did all he could in the loss bagging three goals.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs Bramabulls(4)
S.Ruggiero hat trick carries Bramabulls to victory
All four of the Bramabulls goals came within a six minute span. For nearly two full periods, their offense ran dry,that was up until S.Ruggiero opened up the flood gates. The Bramabulls trailed 2-0 before taking over with four unanswered goals. P.Bertone ran to the net and notched his clubs other tally after receiving a cute pass-from J.Lipartiti. Those three players were the only ones producing offensively as they combined for eight points. The Devil Dawgz know they missed out on a great opportunity to take this match. They played well defensively and got great support-from R.Ranieri between the pipes. Then, in a blink of an eye, the script flipped and the Devil Dawgz found themselves fighting-from behind.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. His two way game while enduring a tone of minutes was perhaps the major reason why the Pylons edged out the Brewers. Settino scored three times while adding an assist.